Holcombe head to Beeston with revenge in mind

Holcombe's Nick Bandurak. Credit Andy Smith 450

Premier Division leaders Holcombe crashed out of the Men’s Cup last weekend as Beeston beat them on penalties – but they will get an immediate chance of revenge when they travel back to Nottingham to face the Bees in the Men’s Hockey League on Sunday.

After suffering a heavy loss to Surbiton last Saturday, Beeston responded in dramatic fashion with the defeat of Holcombe. But having lost just one league match so far this season, the Kent side will be keen to take the win.

“We could’ve won the cup match in the last five minutes,” said Holcombe president and first team manager Keith Martin. “We had the chances so we were disappointed not to win in normal time, and equally disappointed not to win on penalties.

“We played a few people out of position in the cup game to mix things up a bit, and Jonty Robinson was unavailable for us. It was a game we wanted to win, but the league is more important for us.

“I don’t think this Sunday’s game will be as open for either team. We will go up there with a full strength team, and aim to come away with another win.”

Other top flight action sees last season’s champions Wimbledon entertain a Canterbury side who secured their first points of the season last weekend.

Surbiton – who moved up to fourth on the back of an emphatic win over Beeston last weekend – are at home against Brooklands MU.

Hampstead and Westminster leap-frogged East Grinstead last weekend, but the team from Saint Hill have an immediate chance to take back fifth spot when they host Hampstead on Sunday.

Finally, Reading are at home against bottom of the table Loughborough Students who are still searching for their first points of the season.

Conference East leaders Sevenoaks entertain Teddington on Saturday afternoon. Separated by three points, Teddington could overtake their hosts and take top-spot if they secure a win.

Meanwhile, second-placed Southgate go to West Herts on Sunday, while Richmond – who held Sevenoaks to a draw last weekend - could also go top if they win at Brighton and Hove.

Doncaster are at home against leaders the University of Durham in the Men’s Conference North on Sunday, while Olton and West Warwickshire – who won 3-0 at Doncaster last weekend – are at home against strugglers Cannock.

Bottom of the table Fareham face a tough task on Sunday in the Men’s Conference West – they host unbeaten leaders Cardiff and Met. Elsewhere, second-placed Team Bath Buccaneers are away to the University of Birmingham.

* The above photograph shows Holcombe’s Nick Bandurak celebrating a goal. Credit: Andy Smith.


FIXTURES – Saturday, November 19

Men’s Conference East
Sevenoaks v Teddington 12:00

FIXTURES – Sunday, November 20

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

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

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

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