Leaders Beeston head to East Grinstead

Gleghorne shoots for Beeston. Credit David Kissman 450

New leaders Beeston are preparing to travel to East Grinstead for a mouth-watering Men’s Hockey League Premier Division clash on Sunday.

With five games played the Nottingham side are one of just two teams without a loss to their name, but they will face a tough opponent in hosts East Grinstead.

“We’re really pleased with how we’ve started the season,” said Beeston’s Team Manager Graham Griffiths. “It’s a fairly new side with young faces, but they have no fear and plenty of intelligence.

“Playing East Grinstead will be a tough match, but they are all tough matches. Over the years we’ve had some sensational games with East Grinstead as we play a similar style of hockey, so we expect plenty of goals!”

Wimbledon battled out a draw with Surbiton last weekend, and will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they go to Hampstead and Westminster on Sunday.

Saturday’s top flight matches see Holcombe go to local rivals Canterbury as part of a double-header with their women’s teams, while Surbiton also entertain Reading after their women’s teams have met, with both teams aiming to keep pace with the top half of the table.

In a crucial game at the foot of the table Loughborough Students are at home against Brooklands MU with both sides still searching for their first points.

Averaging almost five goals a game, leaders Sevenoaks will be looking to score more as they entertain bottom of the league Indian Gymkhana in the Men’s Conference East on Saturday.

Elsewhere second-placed Southgate – who also have a 100 per cent record – go to Richmond who are third.

Bottom club Leek have a tough match in the Men’s Conference North on Saturday – they host leaders University of Durham, who have a 100 per cent record. And second-placed Doncaster go to second-bottom Oxton on Sunday.

Cardiff and Met face two matches in two days in the Men’s Conference West, as they catch up with the game they postponed in order to play in the Euro Hockey League.

On Saturday they go to Chichester, while Sunday sees them return home to play Isca.

Current leaders the University of Exeter play third-placed Team Bath Buccaneers on Sunday.

* The above photograph shows Beeston’s Mark Gleghorne in action against Canterbury last weekend. Credit: David Kissman.

FIXTURES – Saturday, October 22

Men’s Premier Division
Canterbury v Holcombe 18:00
Loughborough Students v Brooklands MU 18:00
Surbiton v Reading 18:00

Men’s Conference East
Teddington v Brighton and Hove 13:45
Sevenoaks v Indian Gymkhana 17:00
Wapping v Oxted 17:30
Richmond v Southgate 18:00

Men’s Conference North
Bowdon v Preston 13:45
Leek v University of Durham 14:00
Sheffield Hallam v Cannock 18:30

Men’s Conference West
Chichester v Cardiff & Met 12:15
University of Birmingham v Old Georgians 12:30

FIXTURES – Sunday, October 23

Men’s Premier Division
Hampstead and Westminster v Wimbledon 14:00
East Grinstead v Beeston 14:00

Men’s Conference East
Cambridge City v West Herts 12:30

Men’s Conference North
Olton and West Warwicks v Deeside Ramblers 13:30
Oxton v Doncaster 13:30

Men’s Conference West
University of Birmingham v University of Bristol 12:30
University of Exeter v Team Bath Buccaneers 12:30
Cardiff & Met v Isca 12:30
Fareham v Cheltenham 13:30
Old Georgians v Chichester 14:00