Surbiton preparing for Hampstead and Westminster test

Surbiton's David Goodfield in action against Hampstead and Westminster. Credit Tim Reder. 450


With the mid-season break approaching, rivals Hampstead and Westminster host Surbiton in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division, with both sides keen to retain their place in the top four.

Currently third and fourth respectively, Surbiton and Hampstead & Westminster drew 2-2 when they met earlier in the season. But neither side will be willing to settle for a similar result this time.

“It’s very important for us to finish the 2016 outdoor programme with a win, and particularly away from home” said Surbiton Team Manager Matt Jones. “We’ve started to come good over the last few weeks and demonstrated the capabilities in the squad.

“Ultimately it’s a six-point game, but we’re confident and we believe that we can win. We’ve shown great form despite having a few players out, but that is the benefit of having a 30-strong squad.”

Beeston – who dropped from third to fifth after last weekend’s loss to Holcombe – will be aiming to bounce back when they travel to strugglers Canterbury.

Second-placed Wimbledon could go top if they record a big win over hosts Loughborough Students. But they will need leaders Holcombe to lose to a Reading side who have just three wins so far.

Southgate head to Oxted in the Men’s Conference East as they bid to keep hold of top spot, while Richmond – who moved up to second on the back of last weekend’s win at Brighton – are also on the road, at Cambridge City.

Meanwhile, bottom of the table Indian Gymkhana face fellow strugglers Brighton and Hove at home in a match which could prove crucial to both their hopes of avoiding the drop later in the season.

Second-placed Team Bath Buccaneers are at home against third-placed University of Exeter in the Men’s Conference West on Sunday. Both sides are desperate for points to keep pace with the leaders, unbeaten Cardiff and Met, who head to Isca in search of a ninth win in ten games.

Men’s Conference North leaders University of Durham will be aiming to preserve their 100 per cent start to the season when they take on Doncaster on Saturday, while second-placed Olton and West Warwicks head to strugglers Cannock.

 

* The above photograph shows Surbiton’s David Goodfield in action against Hampstead and Westminster. Credit: Tim Reder.

FIXTURES – Saturday, November 26

Men’s Conference East
Teddington v West Herts 13:45

FIXTURES – Sunday, November 27

Men’s Premier Division
Canterbury v Beeston 13:00
Loughborough Students v Wimbledon 14:00
Brooklands MU v East Grinstead 14:00
Hampstead and Westminster v Surbiton 14:00
Holcombe v Reading 14:00

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

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

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