Double headers in Premier Division

East Grinstead action 2017-18
East Grinstead could give their Premier Division campaign a big boost this weekend as they face two matches in two days in the Men’s Hockey League.

With two games this weekend East Grinstead have a chance to jump up the table. A home clash against bottom of the table Canterbury on Saturday evening is then followed by another match at Saint Hill Road the following day against last season’s runners-up Wimbledon, which was postponed a fortnight ago due to Wimbledon’s involvement in the EuroHockey League.

“We’ve got a little bit of momentum now after a blip in the first week,” said East Grinstead’s First XI Manager James Leman. “We’ve had two good wins, so we’re looking forward to both games this weekend.

“There are quite a few new faces in our squad so we will get a good idea of where we are at this weekend, especially against Wimbledon.

“We’ve got a few people unavailable for this weekend so we will mix and match, but it will be pretty much the same team for both games.”

Wimbledon could also benefit from two matches this weekend, starting with a game at Reading on Saturday evening.

Elsewhere, leaders Surbiton head to Holcombe on Saturday in a repeat of last season’s Semi-final, while unbeaten Beeston play host to third-placed Hampstead and Westminster in a match both sides need to win to keep pace with Surbiton.

Sevenoaks are still looking for their first points of the season and they are at home against Brooklands MU on Saturday.

The top two sides in the early Men’s Conference North table meet with the University of Nottingham heading to Loughborough Students in a match which could prove crucial later in the season. Meanwhile, third-placed Leeds are at home against fourth-placed University of Durham.

Men’s Conference East leaders Oxted will be looking to maintain their 100% start to the season as they entertain Chichester on Saturday, while second-placed Cambridge City host a West Herts side who are desperate to secure their first points of the season.

Cardiff & Met face a tough double header weekend in the Men’s Conference West as they catch up after their EuroHockey League campaign.

They are at home against table-toppers the University of Exeter on Saturday and then go to last season’s champions Team Bath Buccaneers on Sunday.

In other Conference West action, second-placed Olton & West Warwicks host the University of Birmingham on Saturday.

Fixtures
Saturday, October 21 2017

Men’s Premier Division
Beeston v Hampstead & Westminster 14:00
Sevenoaks v Brooklands MU 14:00
East Grinstead v Canterbury 18:00
Holcombe v Surbiton 18:00
Reading v Wimbledon 18:30

Men’s Conference East
Southgate v Brighton & Hove 14:30
Cambridge City v West Herts 16:45
Old Loughtonians v Old Georgians 17:00
Oxted v Chichester 17:00
Richmond v Teddington 18:00

Men’s Conference North
Sheffield Hallam v Preston 13:30
Bowdon v Deeside Ramblers 13:45
Leeds v Univ of Durham 17:30
Cannock v Doncaster 18:00
Loughborough Students v Univ of Nottingham 18:00

Men’s Conference West
Olton & West Warwicks v Univ of Birmingham 12:00
Cardiff & Met v Univ of Exeter 12:30
Team Bath Buccaneers v Clifton Robinsons 13:00
Fareham v Cheltenham 13:30
Isca v Havant 14:00

Sunday, October 22 2017

Men’s Premier Division
East Grinstead v Wimbledon 16:00

Men’s Conference West
Team Bath Buccaneers v Cardiff & Met 13:00