Kent derby as Holcombe head to Canterbury

Canterbury's James Oates. Credit Simon Parker. - 480x320
After securing their first win of the season last weekend, Canterbury face Kent rivals Holcombe on Saturday as they go in search of a second victory in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.

Three goals in the final nine minutes saw a dramatic end to last weekend’s match against Sevenoaks which saw Canterbury win 3-2 and they will need to display all that fight to take the points against a Holcombe side who have won three of their six games so far.

“Last week was a real up for the team,” said Canterbury’s Team Manager Gary Wyver. “We had a big crowd down for that match, and we hope for more of the same in this week’s derby.

“When we get a good crowd down here it really is like having an extra man; last week we were under the cosh but the crowd got behind us and we got a winner late on, so it can really make a difference.”

Leaders and last season’s champions Surbiton go to second-placed East Grinstead on Sunday in a match which could prove crucial later in the season, while third-placed Beeston go to Sevenoaks.

The top flight’s other action sees Reading host Hampstead and Westminster on Saturday evening, while Wimbledon head to Brooklands MU on Sunday.

In the Men’s Conference East the top two teams also meet with Cambridge hosting Oxted on Sunday. Meanwhile, third-placed Southgate go to Old Loughtonians on Saturday evening, when Richmond also host Old Georgians.

The University of Exeter entertain Team Bath Buccaneers as they bid to preserve their place at the top of the Conference West table, while second-placed Cardiff & Met are at home against Isca.

Unbeaten University of Nottingham play Doncaster in the Men’s Conference North, while the University of Durham – who have also not lost a league match so far this season – are at home against Bowdon.

* The above photograph shows Canterbury’s James Oates. Credit: Simon Parker.

FIXTURES
Saturday, November 4 2017

Men’s Premier Division
Canterbury v Holcombe 18:00
Reading v Hampstead & Westminster 18:00

Men’s Conference East
Old Loughtonians v Southgate 17:00
Richmond v Old Georgians 18:00

Sunday, November 5 2017

Men’s Premier Division
Brooklands MU v Wimbledon 14:00
East Grinstead v Surbiton 14:00
Sevenoaks v Beeston 14:00

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

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

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