PREVIEWS: Men's Hockey League

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Leaders Holcombe play host to East Grinstead in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday evening, and will be looking to continue their strong start.

A 100% record, 16 goals scored and just one conceded is a great start for the Kent side, with Nick Bandurak leading the goalscoring charts. But East Grinstead will be wanting to take the points and kick-start their season which has started with three defeats in their first four matches.

“It has been a good start,” said Holcombe’s team manager Neil Trusler. “We’re had an intensive pre-season of matches and it has made a big difference. We’ve had quite a few new signings so they’ve embedded into the team well.

“Historically we’ve always had close matches with East Grinstead and this will be the same no doubt, but the lads are confident and as long as continue to play like we have been it should be OK.”

Elsewhere in the top flight, Hampstead and Westminster are second only on goal difference, and will want to maintain their 100% start to the season when they go to league newcomers the University of Exeter.

Last season’s champions Surbiton play host to Reading on Saturday evening, while Beeston head to Brooklands MU and Wimbledon are at home against fellow strugglers Sevenoaks.

First plays third in the Conference East, with leaders Oxted aiming to remain unbeaten as they entertain Old Georgians. Meanwhile, Brighton and Hove also have a 100% record and are second only on goal difference. They could go top if they beat visitors Canterbury on Saturday.

The University of Durham will be aiming to make it four wins out of four games in the Conference North on Saturday, with a trip to Sheffield Hallam who are also unbeaten.

And leaders Bowdon are also on the road, heading for Preston.

The top two play each other in the Conference West on Saturday, with leaders Oxford Hawks heading to the University of Birmingham for a 6pm start.

And Olton and West Warwicks are also on the road, with Chichester playing host. At the other end of the table, bottom team Fareham head to Havant, who are ninth.

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Men’s Hockey League

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Premier Division
Brooklands MU v Beeston 12:00
Wimbledon v Sevenoaks 16:00
Univ of Exeter v Hampstead & Westminster 16:00
Surbiton v Reading 17:30
Holcombe v East Grinstead 18:00

Conference East
City of Peterborough v Cambridge City 13:30
Brighton & Hove v Canterbury 14:00
Old Georgians v Oxted 14:30
Old Loughtonians v Southgate 17:00
Richmond v Teddington 18:00

Conference North
Univ of Nottingham v Loughborough Students 13:00
Preston v Bowdon 13:30
Doncaster v Belper 14:00
Sheffield Hallam v Univ of Durham 17:15
Leeds v Alderley Edge 18:00

Conference West
Cardiff & Met v Isca 12:30
Chichester v Olton & West Warwicks 13:00
Havant v Fareham 13:30
Team Bath Buccaneers v Univ of Bristol 14:30
Univ of Birmingham v Oxford Hawks 18:00