Reading face leaders Surbiton

Reading's James Carson challenges for the ball. Credit Simon Parker - 480x320
After losing to Hampstead & Westminster last weekend, Reading face league leaders Surbiton as they battle to stay in the top four in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

Only goal difference saw them stay in the play-off zone but, with two sides within just one point of overtaking them, the pressure is on for the Sonning Lane side.

“Having played Surbiton pre-season we’ve got a good understanding of what they will want to do,” said Reading’s team manager Tim Hamilton, before adding “but we will focus on our own game.

“We are broadly where we expected to be at this time of the season. What is clear now is that there are a decent group of clubs who have good sides. In past years there have been just two or three teams who have been dominant, now we have six or seven that can play well on their day.”

And there is another important match-up this weekend with second-placed Beeston at home against East Grinstead, who are third.

After their victory over Reading last time out, Hampstead & Westminster tackle Sevenoaks at Paddington Recreation Ground. Holcombe could climb into the top four if they overcome Brooklands MU, while Wimbledon host Canterbury in the day’s other top flight match.

Currently third, the University of Durham are at home against leaders the University of Nottingham in the Men’s Conference North, while Bowdon could go top if they beat Preston and the University of Nottingham lose.

Doncaster inflicted Nottingham’s first league defeat of the season last weekend and will want to build on that with a win over Deeside Ramblers on Saturday.

It is first versus second in the Men’s Conference East with leaders Southgate hosting Cambridge City, while third-placed Oxted are at home against Old Loughtonians.

And in the Men’s Conference West second-placed Cardiff & Met could go top if they beat hosts the University of Birmingham and leaders University of Exeter lose at Clifton Robinsons.

* The above photograph shows Reading's James Carson challenging for the ball. Credit Simon Parker.

Saturday, November 11 2017

Men’s Premier Division
Hampstead & Westminster v Sevenoaks 13:30
Beeston v East Grinstead 14:00
Holcombe v Brooklands MU 14:00
Wimbledon v Canterbury 17:00
Surbiton v Reading 18:00

Men’s Conference North
Univ of Durham v Univ of Nottingham 12:00
Bowdon v Preston 13:45
Doncaster v Deeside Ramblers 14:00
Leeds v Sheffield Hallam 17:30
Cannock v Loughborough Students 18:00

Men’s Conference East
Teddington v West Herts 13:45
Old Georgians v Chichester 14:30
Southgate v Cambridge City 16:00
Brighton & Hove v Richmond 17:00
Oxted v Old Loughtonians 17:00

Men’s Conference West
Olton & West Warwicks v Fareham 12:00
Havant v Cheltenham 13:30
Isca v Team Bath Buccaneers 14:00
Clifton Robinsons v Univ of Exeter 14:30
Univ of Birmingham v Cardiff & Met 17:00