PREVIEWS: Men's Hockey League

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East Grinstead host the University of Exeter in their final regular season match on Sunday, needing a big win to ensure they hold on to the fourth and final play-off spot in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.

East Grinstead are currently level on points and goal difference with Holcombe while Reading, Wimbledon and Brooklands MU could all still snatch the last play-off spot away from them.

Holcombe head to Reading for a match crucial to both their play-off ambitions, while Wimbledon host top of the table Surbiton and Brooklands MU entertain second-placed Hampstead & Westminster.

And in the day’s other top flight match relegated Sevenoaks are at home against play-off bound Beeston.

In the Men’s Conference East the battle for a spot in Division One next season following the restructure reaches a climax as teams battle to finish in the top six.

City of Peterborough go to bottom of the table Cambridge City hoping to win and see one of the two teams above them – Brighton and Teddington – lose out. Brighton & Hove host Teddington on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Old Loughtonians host Richmond, with both teams aiming to get a win and climb up to seventh which would see them in the play-offs for Division One hockey next season.

In the Men’s Conference West Fareham and the University of Bristol are both aiming to record victories on Sunday and secure their place in the Division One play-offs.

Fareham currently hold seventh place, and host Oxford Hawks, while the University of Bristol go to the University of Birmingham.

It’s a similar position in the Men’s Conference North, where the top six are secured but two teams are battling it out for seventh spot and a shot at a Division One place for next season.

Currently seventh, Doncaster host Loughborough Students, while Preston are at home against Belper and are aiming to leapfrog Doncaster with a win.

* The EHL Promotion Tournament begins at the Nottingham Hockey Centre on 7 April, with the University of Exeter playing Conference East champions Old Georgians in the first match at 1315hrs.

Conference North champions Bowdon will then take on West winners Havant at 1530, before the remaining matches take place at alongside the EHL Championships at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London on 13-14 April.

* Tickets for the Investec Women’s and Men’s Hockey League Finals are on sale now!

Taking place at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Sat 13 and Sun 14 April, the country’s best teams do battle.

Tickets for a single day start at just £2 for under 18s and £13 for adults. For both days it’s from £8 for under 18s and £20 adults – fantastic value to watch elite domestic players in action.


Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, 31 March 2019)

Premier Division
Brooklands MU v Hampstead & Westminster 14:00
East Grinstead v University of Exeter 14:00
Reading v Holcombe 14:00
Sevenoaks v Beeston 14:00
Wimbledon v Surbiton 14:00

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

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

Conference North
Doncaster v Loughborough Students 14:00
Leeds v Bowdon 14:00
Preston v Belper 14:00
University of Durham v Alderley Edge 14:00
University of Nottingham v Sheffield Hallam 14:00