Resurgent Canterbury face Wimbledon

Canterbury player coach Kwan Browne in action. Credit Simon Parker - 450


After battling to two victories last weekend, resurgent Canterbury head to Wimbledon for their final match and have top-flight survival in their sights in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.

Depending on other results Canterbury, who have been bottom of the table since early October, could avoid the drop in they beat Wimbledon on Sunday.

“We’re pleased to have put ourselves in this position from where we were,” said first team manager David Stevens. “We had one point at Christmas, so to have four wins from our last five is great.

“We’ve had a couple of players come back and we’ve got some consistency in the group. Having Kwan Browne back from his Achilles injury was a big boost for us.

“If we get a win on Sunday we will be safe, as the two teams above us are playing each other which means we will catch one of them.”

Currently bottom of the table, Cannock’s hopes of avoiding relegation hang on them getting a result against second-placed Surbiton on Sunday, and hoping Canterbury do not beat Wimbledon.

East Grinstead are still not safe from the drop, and they go to another relegation-threatened side, Beeston, knowing a win will ensure their place in the top flight for next season.

Elsewhere Reading travel to Brooklands Manchester University looking for a win to secure third spot, while table-topping Holcombe will aim to continue to build momentum heading into the play-offs away at Hampstead and Westminster.

The Men’s Conference East title will be secured by either Richmond or Southgate on Sunday. Richmond went top after beating Oxted last weekend, while Southgate fell to second following their home defeat by West Herts.

This weekend, Richmond go to Sevenoaks, while Southgate will be hoping to capitalise on any slip ups with a win against Oxted.

In the Men’s Conference North, there is a three-way battle to avoid relegation, with bottom team Olton and West Warwickshire desperate for points from their home match against Preston.

Meanwhile, Lichfield - who pulled themselves off the bottom with a draw against Sheffield Hallam last weekend, head to the University of Durham in search of points, while Wakefield, who could also go down, entertain Bowdon in their final match.

Chichester Priory Park and Guildford are both battling to avoid automatic relegation from the Men’s Conference West. Currently bottom, Chichester hosts Indian Gymkhana on Sunday, while Guildford are also at home as they take on Cheltenham.

* The above photograph shows Canterbury player coach Kwan Browne. Credit: Simon Parker.

FIXTURES – Sunday, March 13

Men’s Premier Division
Hampstead and Westminster v Holcombe 14:00
Cannock v Surbiton 14:00
Beeston v East Grinstead 14:00
Brooklands Manchester University v Reading 14:00
Wimbledon v Canterbury 14:00

Men’s Conference West
Team Bath Buccaneers v Univ of Exeter 14:00
Chichester Priory Park v Indian Gymkhana 14:00
Fareham v Cardiff and Met 14:00
Guildford v Cheltenham 14:00
Isca v University of Birmingham 14:00

Men’s Conference North
Olton and West Warwicks v Preston 14:00
Doncaster v Loughborough Students 14:00
University of Durham v Lichfield 14:00
Deeside Ramblers v Sheffield Hallam 14:00
Wakefield v Bowdon 14:00

Men’s Conference East
Oxted v Southgate 14:00
West Herts v Harleston Magpies 14:00
Brighton and Hove v Bromley and Beckenham 14:00
Sevenoaks v Richmond 14:00
Cambridge City v Teddington 14:00

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League Finals Weekend tickets are on sale now www.englandhockey.co.uk/tickets . Knockout Finals tickets will also go on sale soon on this page.

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