League Finals Preview: Hampstead & Westminster v Beeston

Hampstead & Westminster v Beeston
Hampstead & Westminster and Beeston go head to head at 13:15 on pitch 1 at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Saturday in the Men’s League Finals.
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Hampstead & Westminster:

Having suffered heartbreak at the hands of Surbiton with a shootout defeat in last season’s final, Hampstead & Westminster will be hoping to go one better and lift the trophy at this year’s League Finals.

Despite finishing second in the league, it’s been a very strong season for Hampstead & Westminster who have recorded 13 wins and just three losses.

Level on points with Surbiton for much of the campaign, Hampstead & Westminster fell adrift with consecutive defeats in mid-March ending their hopes of topping the league table.

Matt Guise-Brown and Rupert Shipperley have been clinical in-front of goal through the year, however it’s the defence where Hampstead & Westminster have excelled, having conceded a league low of 21 goals.

Hampstead & Westminster were devastating from penalty corners through the season, scoring a league high of 17, and will look to utilise this strength to their advantage at the League Finals.

Hampstead & Westminster

Beeston

After being defeated by eventual winner’s Surbiton at the semi-final stage of last year’s League Finals, Beeston will be looking to win their first Premier Division title since 2013/14. 

It’s been an up and down season for The Bees who started very brightly with four wins from their opening five matches, however, only three wins from their final eight games saw them fall down to third in the table.

These two sides recently faced each-other on March 10 with Beeston claiming a valuable 1-0 victory thanks to an Adam Dixon strike to end Hampstead & Westminster’s run of five consecutive victories. 

Only Surbiton have scored more than Beeston’s 29 field goals as the side showed their threat from open play, an area they'll be looking to use to make an impact at this year’s League Finals.

Beeston


The squads:

Hampstead & Westminster: 

Toby Reynolds-Cotterill, Steve Kelly, Jonny Gooch, Richard Smith, James Oates, Marc Edwards, Toby Roche, Chris Cargo, Rupert Shipperley, Paul Melkert, Sam French, Matthew Guise-Brown, Harry Martin, Kwan Browne, Josh Kelly, Wall Calnan, Rhodri Furlong, Lekan Ogunlana, Joe Crame, Kyle White, Kei Kaeppeler, James Chaffey.

Top scorers:  Matt Guise-Brown (13), Rupert Shipperley (8), Sam French & Chris Cargo (4), Josh Kelly & Richard Smith (3) Jonny Gooch & Toby Roche (2), Anton Pohling, James Chaffey, James Oates, Steve Kelly, Rhodri Furlong, Will Calnan, Paul Melkert & Kei Kaeppeler (all 1).

Beeston:

Simon Hujwan, Jack Tranter, Ollie Willars, Kyle Marshall, Robbie Gleeson, Gareth Griffiths, Joe Sharp, Mark Gleghorne, Nick Park, Elliot Hibell, James Sutcliffe, Adam Dixon, Quentin Lemaire, Stephen Lawrence, Richard Lawrence, Lucas Ward, Chris Proctor, Alex Blumfield, Joe Waterston, Henry Croft, Toby Stanley.

Top scorers: Chris Proctor & Elliot Hibell (8), Gareth Griffiths & Mark Gleghorne (5), Nick Park (4), Richard Lawrence (3), Henry Croft & Joe Sharp (2), Lucas Ward, Robbie Gleeson, Adam Dixon & Alex Blumfield (all 1)

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