Jackson returns to Holcombe with East Grinstead

East Grinstead's Ashley Jackson in action for Great Britain at the Rio Olympics. Credit Frank Uijlenbroek 450

East Grinstead travel to Holcombe in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday, with GB Olympic ace Ashley Jackson returning to his former club for the first time since rejoining East Grinstead.

Just two points separate leaders Holcombe and third-placed East Grinstead, and with both teams averaging at least three goals per game a thrilling clash is in prospect.

“We’re very excited and looking forward to playing Holcombe,” said James Leman, first team manager at East Grinstead who have signed Martin Scanlon from Brooklands who should be available for selection.

“Both teams are in top form and there is the added spice of Ashley Jackson going back to Holcombe.

“We had a couple of good games with them last year and we only lost by the odd goal, and I think we’re in better form than we were at this stage last season. We know it’s going to be tough, but we’re up for it.”

Elsewhere, second-placed Beeston are preparing to host a Hampstead and Westminster side who could leapfrog them with a win, while fourth-placed Wimbledon go to Reading aiming to continue their unbeaten run.

Surbiton go to Loughborough Students, while the other top flight match on Sunday sees Brooklands MU entertain Canterbury.

Averaging almost five goals per game, Men’s Conference East leaders Sevenoaks head to second-placed Southgate in a clash of two unbeaten teams. Meanwhile, Richmond will also want to preserve their unbeaten form as they go to Oxted.

Oxton gained their first win of the league season two weeks ago with a win over Doncaster, and they will need to be on top form again this Sunday when they play host to Men’s Conference North leaders the University of Durham.

And in the Men’s Conference West, leaders Cardiff and Met are gunning for a seventh straight victory when they head to Cheltenham. Meanwhile, the University of Exeter go to Chichester as they bid to keep pace with Cardiff.


* The above photograph shows East Grinstead’s Ashley Jackson in action for Great Britain at the Rio Olympics. Credit Frank Uijlenbroek

FIXTURES – Sunday, November 6

Men’s Premier Division
Loughborough Students v Surbiton 14:00
Beeston v Hampstead and Westminster 14:00
Brooklands MU v Canterbury 14:00
Holcombe v East Grinstead 14:00
Reading v Wimbledon 14:30

Men’s Conference East
Oxted v Richmond 12:45
Brighton and Hove v West Herts 13:00
Teddington v Wapping 13:30
Indian Gymkhana v Cambridge City 14:00
Southgate v Sevenoaks 14:30

Men’s Conference North
Deeside Ramblers v Doncaster 13:30
Sheffield Hallam v Bowdon 13:30
Oxton v Univ of Durham 13:30
Preston v Olton & West Warwicks 14:00
Cannock v Leek 14:00

Men’s Conference West
Chichester v Univ of Exeter 12:15
Isca v Old Georgians 12:30
Cheltenham v Cardiff & Met 12:30
Team Bath Buccaneers v Univ of Bristol 13:00
Fareham v Univ of Birmingham 13:30