Unbeaten Beeston face Brooklands test

Adam Dixon (R) battles with Wimbledon's Alistair. Credit David Kissman - 450
Unbeaten Beeston head to Brooklands MU for a tough test of their title credentials in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.

Currently second, the Nottinghamshire side have won two of their first three games, drawing the other, and will be hoping for a similar result to last week when they beat Reading with Mark Gleghorne scoring all three goals.

“For us, playing Brooklands is a bit of a Northern cup final!” said chairman and First XI Manager Graham Griffiths. “We’ve got a lot of respect for them and are good friends. They’ve got some very good players and I think they will be a good team this season.

“I have no doubt it’s going to be a tough game. We beat them in pre-season, but that was very much a one-off and we will take nothing for granted.”

Beeston’s squad has been boosted by several players rejoining the club, with Sam Ward and Gareth Andrew returning from Holcombe and Adam Dixon coming back from Rotterdam who he played for for one season.

James Blackwell and Mark Wadsley have also returned after a spell at Olton and West Warwickshire while German half-back Marius Gemmel is also now in their first XI squad.

Elsewhere leaders and current champions Surbiton head to Wimbledon in a repeat of last season’s league final, while Reading will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat at Beeston when they host Holcombe on Saturday evening.

Also on Saturday Sevenoaks are at home against East Grinstead and Canterbury travel to Hampstead and Westminster with the two Kent teams, who occupy the bottom two places in the table, looking for their first points of the season.

Two unbeaten sides face each other in the Men’s Conference East, with leaders Oxted going to Teddington. Cambridge City have also not lost a league match so far this season and they are at home against Chichester on Sunday.

The University of Nottingham top Men’s Conference North table, and they will want to continue their great start to the season when they play Bowdon at home. Meanwhile, the University of Durham lie second and could take top spot if they can beat Cannock and the University of Nottingham lose.

And in the Men’s Conference West, Team Bath Buccaneers go to the University of Birmingham as they bid to make it three wins from their first three games. Meanwhile, early table toppers Olton and West Warwickshire also hit the road, with a match at Cheltenham.

Elsewhere, Cardiff & Met will leapfrog Fareham if they beat them on Sunday, and there is a big Exeter derby on Saturday evening as Isca host the University.

* The above photograph shows Beeston’s Adam Dixon (right) in action against Wimbledon last month. Credit: David Kissman.

Fixtures
Saturday, October 14 2017

Men’s Premier Division
Sevenoaks v East Grinstead 17:00
Reading v Holcombe 18:00

Men’s Conference East
Richmond v Old Loughtonians 18:00
Isca v Univ of Exeter 18:30

Men’s Conference West
Isca v Univ of Exeter 18:30 

Sunday, October 15 2017

Men’s Premier Division
Hampstead & Westminster v Canterbury 13:30
Brooklands MU v Beeston 14:00
Wimbledon v Surbiton 14:00

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

Men’s Conference North
Univ of Nottingham v Bowdon 12:30
Deeside Ramblers v Sheffield Hallam 13:30
Doncaster v Loughborough Students 14:00
Preston v Leeds 14:00
Univ of Durham v Cannock 14:00

Men’s Conference West
Cardiff & Met v Fareham 12:30
Univ of Birmingham v Team Bath Buccaneers 12:30
Cheltenham v Olton & West Warwicks 14:00
Havant v Clifton Robinsons 14:00