PREVIEW: Men's Hockey League

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Holcombe head to Old Georgians on Sunday in what could prove to be a crucial match to both team’s ambitions in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.

Currently third, Holcombe showed resilience in fighting back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with Wimbledon last weekend, while Old Georgians will be looking to make it six games unbeaten with another win to stay top of the table.

“We are aware of Old Georgian's threats and individuals and areas where they are strong, and we have worked on a few tactical things ready for the match,” said Holcombe’s captain Alistair Bray.

“Plans and training been going well this week whilst we tweak and look to continue to improve both the individual and team performances.

“We have had a solid start to season and are roughly where we wanted to be at this stage, but this season looks like it’ll be very competitive to get into those top four spots for the play-offs.

“We are looking to get greater consistency in our performances and continue to improve throughout the season and the lads are working really hard to achieve this.”

Elsewhere Saturday evening sees Surbiton host East Grinstead, with a win for the hosts meaning they could temporarily go top of the table as all other matches are on Sunday.

Currently fourth, Wimbledon are at home against a Beeston side who were unlucky not to take something from a 2-1 home loss to Old Georgians last weekend.

Two teams who are struggling for points so far, the University of Exeter and Brooklands MU do battle on Sunday, while in the top flight’s other match bottom-of-the-table Reading are at home against Hampstead & Westminster.

Leaders Teddington face third-placed Southgate in the Men’s Division One South on Sunday, while Team Bath Buccaneers are second on goal difference only and have high hopes of going top if they can beat hosts Oxted.

In the Men’s Division One North leaders Cardiff & Met will be aiming to make it four in a row when they host Loughborough Students on Saturday evening.

Bowdon also have a 100% record, and they take on visitors Olton & West Warwicks on Sunday as they bid to continue that.

* Doncaster have been deducted the three points gained in their 2-0 defeat of Lichfield on 29 September in the Men’s Conference North. This is due to the participation in the game of Henry Pymm, who, at the time, was not registered in line with league regulations. This made him ineligible to participate in the league. Henry is now registered.


Men’s Hockey League (Sat, 19 October 2019):

Premier Division
Surbiton v East Grinstead 18:00

Division 1 North
Cardiff & Met v Loughborough Students 18:00

Division 1 South
Canterbury v Oxford Hawks 18:00

Conference East
Spencer v Bromley & Beckenham 13:30
Old Loughtonians v St Albans 17:00

Conference West
Old Cranleighans v Harborne 14:30
Cardiff University v University of Bristol 18:30

Men’s Hockey League (Sun, 20 October 2019):

Premier Division
Old Georgians v Holcombe 14:00
Univ of Exeter v Brooklands MU 14:00
Reading v Hampstead & Westminster 14:30
Wimbledon v Beeston 14:30

Division 1 North
Univ of Birmingham v Sheffield Hallam 12:30
Univ of Durham v City of Peterborough 14:00
Univ of Nottingham v Leeds 14:00
Bowdon v Olton & West Warwicks 14:30

Division 1 South
Brighton & Hove v Havant 13:00
Fareham v Sevenoaks 13:30
Teddington v Southgate 13:30
Oxted v Team Bath Buccaneers 14:00

Conference East
Wapping v Cambridge City 13:00
Bedford v London Edwardians 14:00
Chichester v Harleston Magpies 14:00

Conference West
Univ of Exeter v Isca 12:00
Khalsa Leamington v Richmond 12:30
Ashmoor v Cheltenham 13:00

Conference North
Barford Tigers v Preston 13:00
Belper v Alderley Edge 14:00
Doncaster v Timperley 14:00
Didsbury Northern v Wakefield 14:30