Unbeaten rivals face off

Mikey Hoare, Credit Simon Parker 450

THE two remaining sides with 100 per cent records, Wimbledon and Beeston are preparing to face each other in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.

Last season’s champions Wimbledon are top of the early table by just one goal difference, while Beeston will want to topple their rivals and keep their great start to the season going.

“It’s going to be a good contest as both teams will be feeling positive and confident having won their opening games, but we will be going all out to get three points,” said Wimbledon’s Director of Hockey Ben Marsden.

“We’ve been in the Premier Division for four years now and this season we feel we’ve got the most balanced team we’ve ever had, both in terms of the quality of the players and the way the team is gelling.”

Elsewhere, Hampstead and Westminster are also unbeaten and they are at home against Brooklands Manchester University on Sunday, while East Grinstead could also go top if they can beat hosts Surbiton and other results go in their favour.

Finally, Reading are at home against Canterbury in a match between two sides still searching for their first win.

The Loughborough Students versus Holcombe game is postponed due to Holcombe’s participation in the EuroHockey League Round One in Banbridge this weekend, where they face Poznan (POL) and Kampong (HED).

There are two teams in the Men’s Conference East with 100 per cent records. Leaders Southgate head to Cambridge City on Sunday, while second-placed Sevenoaks are at home against West Herts.

Two unbeaten sides face each other in the Men’s Conference North, with leaders University of Durham aiming to make it four out of four when they travel to Deeside Ramblers.

With an average of five goals per game so far, Cardiff and Met lead the Men’s Conference West. They are also in European action this weekend so have postponed their match at Chichester. Meanwhile, the University of Exeter also have a 100 per cent record and they travel to the University of Bristol.


* The above photograph shows Wimbledon’s Mikey Hoare celebrating a goal. Credit: Simon Parker.

* For full details of all pre-season player movements see http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/fl/ehl/playermovement_m.asp?l=1

FIXTURES – Saturday, October 8


Men’s Conference East
Sevenoaks v West Herts 15:00
Wapping v Richmond 17:30

Men’s Conference North
Preston v Leek 12:00
Bowdon v Olton and West Warwicks 13:45 

FIXTURES – Sunday, October 9

Men’s Premier Division
Surbiton v East Grinstead 14:00
Hampstead and Westminster v Brooklands Manchester Univ 14:00
Wimbledon v Beeston 14:00
Reading v Canterbury 14:30

Men’s Conference East
Cambridge City v Southgate 12:30
Brighton and Hove v Indian Gymkhana 13:00
Teddington v Oxted 13:30 

Men’s Conference North
Sheffield Hallam v Oxton 13:30
Deeside Ramblers v Univ of Durham 13:30
Doncaster v Cannock 14:00

Men’s Conference West
Isca v Fareham 12:30
Cheltenham v Univ of Birmingham 12:30
Univ of Bristol v Univ of Exeter 13:00
Team Bath Buccaneers v Old Georgians 13:00