Unbeaten rivals face off in Premier Division

Reading celebrate winning the 2016-17 Men's Cup. Credit Simon Parker - 450
Unbeaten rivals Reading and Beeston are preparing to face each other at Nottingham Hockey Centre on Sunday in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.

Reading lie second in the table after winning both of their opening games while Beeston have also made a good start to the season, beating Holcombe last weekend.

“Beeston has been a happy hunting ground for us over the last year or two and we have a full squad available,” said Reading’s club captain Rob Farrow.

Great Britain internationals Liam Sanford and Dan Kyriakides have signed up to play at Reading under new Head Coach Jason Lee, as well as a host of other Welsh and Scottish international players.

“Obviously Beeston have Adam Dixon back and Sam Ward who also joined them, so it will be a tough game. We haven’t played together much early season and, although we’ve been scoring plenty of goals, we feel that this weekend will be the first stiff test,” Farrow added.

Elsewhere reigning champions and early table toppers Surbiton are playing host to Hampstead and Westminster on Saturday evening, while at the same time last season’s beaten semi-finalists Holcombe are at home against newly-promoted Sevenoaks.

As well as the Beeston versus Reading clash, Sunday’s Premier Division matches see Holcombe in action again as they go to East Grinstead for a match rearranged from two weeks ago, while Canterbury welcome Brooklands Manchester University at lunchtime.

In the Men’s Conference North, the University of Nottingham have made a great start to life in the National League with two wins in two matches. They will be aiming to make it three when they play Sheffield Hallam on Sunday.

Meanwhile Loughborough Students, who also have a 100 per cent record, head to Leeds on Sunday.

Old Loughtonians, second in the Men’s Conference East, play host to Cambridge City on Saturday evening, while leaders Oxted entertain West Herts on Sunday.

And in the Men’s Conference West, the University of Exeter will be looking to preserve their 100 per cent start to the season when they go to Olton and West Warwickshire.

* The above photograph shows Reading celebrating victory in last season’s Men’s Cup. Credit: Simon Parker.

Saturday, October 7 2017

Men’s Premier Division
Holcombe v Sevenoaks 18:00
Surbiton v Hampstead & Westminster 18:00

Men’s Conference East
Old Loughtonians v Cambridge City 17:30
Southgate v Richmond 17:30

Men’s Conference North
Cannock v Deeside Ramblers 18:00

Sunday, October 8 2017

Men’s Premier Division
Canterbury v Brooklands MU 12:45
Beeston v Reading 14:00
East Grinstead v Holcombe 16:00

Men’s Conference East
Chichester v Brighton & Hove 12:30
Oxted v West Herts 13:00
Old Georgians v Teddington 14:00

Men’s Conference North
Sheffield Hallam v Univ of Nottingham 13:30
Univ of Durham v Preston 14:00
Bowdon v Doncaster 14:30
Leeds v Loughborough Students 14:30

Men’s Conference West
Isca v Cheltenham 12:30
Fareham v Havant 13:30
Olton & West Warwicks v Univ of Exeter 13:30
Clifton Robinsons v Univ of Birmingham 15:00