Holcombe test for Hampstead & Westminster

Hampstead and Westminster's Chris Cargo, left, in action against Beeston. Credit David Kissman - 480x320
Hampstead & Westminster host Holcombe in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday, with both sides aiming to take victory and maintain their place in the top four.

Third-placed Holcombe and their fourth-placed opponents have won their last two games and will want to maintain that form into the Winter break.

“We’ve been playing really well in every game so far, even though we haven’t always got the result,” said Hampstead & Westminster coach Kwan Browne. 

“Last season we had a lot of new players in the team, but everyone is playing well together now and we’re playing some great hockey.

“Our first aim is always to win, but we would love to have a clean sheet against Holcombe,” added Browne, referring to his side’s defence which has conceded just 13 goals in eight games so far. “But it will be difficult with the way Middleton and Bandurak have been playing recently!”

Elsewhere, East Grinstead travel to Reading on Saturday evening and could climb into third if they win. Reigning champions and leaders Surbiton are also on the road, with Brooklands MU playing host to a side who have lost just one league match so far.

Beeston go to bottom of the table Canterbury as they aim to keep the pressure on the top of the table, while in the weekend’s other top flight match Wimbledon are at home against Sevenoaks.

In the Men’s Conference North new leaders Bowdon play on Saturday at Cannock as they bid to extend their advantage. Previous leaders the University of Nottingham are at home against Leeds while the side that beat them last weekend - the University of Durham - travel to Deeside Ramblers.

Having won 3-0 last weekend, Old Georgians will need to be on top form in the Men’s Conference East this weekend as they host unbeaten leaders Cambridge City. Elsewhere Oxted are at home against Richmond and could go top with a win.

The University of Exeter are hosting Havant as they aim to extend their four-point lead in the Men’s Conference West, while second-placed Cardiff & Met go to fourth-placed Olton & West Warwicks with both sides looking to improve on draws last weekend.

* The above photograph shows Hampstead and Westminster's Chris Cargo, left, in action against Beeston. Credit: David Kissman.

Saturday, November 18 2017

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

Men’s Conference North
Cannock v Bowdon 12:30

Sunday, November 19 2017

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

Men’s Conference North
Univ of Nottingham v Leeds 12:30
Deeside Ramblers v Univ of Durham 13:30
Loughborough Students v Sheffield Hallam 14:0
Preston v Doncaster 14:00

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

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