PREVIEWS: Investec Women's Hockey League

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With just three league wins to their name so far this season, Beeston face a tough home game against league leaders Surbiton in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

But with the University of Birmingham having taken a point against a Surbiton side who until then had an unblemished record last weekend, Beeston go into the game knowing that anything is possible.

“The league is very competitive and every side is capable of getting a result on any given day, even against the top teams,” said Beeston team manager Chris Glover. “So it was not really a surprise to us that Birmingham managed to get a point out of Surbiton.

“Surbiton are a fantastic side with a multitude of talented international players and what they are so good at it is getting the results even when they are not at their fluent best.

“But we have a strong squad and if we can execute our own game plan we know we can give them difficulties, as we demonstrated last season when we beat them away from home.”

Having battled to that draw with Surbiton last weekend, things don’t get any easier for the University of Birmingham this weekend as they face second-placed Hampstead & Westminster.

Elsewhere, East Grinstead could move up to second if they beat Holcombe and Hampstead lose, while Clifton Robinsons go to Loughborough Students aiming for a win to stay in the top four.

And in the day’s other top flight match, Bowdon Hightown go to Buckingham.

Title hopefuls Leicester City go to Belper in the Investec Division One North on Saturday and could go top of the table if they win as current leaders Swansea aren’t in action.

Currently third, the University of Durham are also on the road with a match at Stourport.

And in the Investec Division One South, leaders Wimbledon will be looking to make it ten wins from ten matches as they entertain Sevenoaks. Reading are also in action, and will strengthen second spot if they can secure a victory over St Albans.


FIXTURES

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Sat, 7 December 2019):

Investec Premier Division
Buckingham v Bowdon Hightown 12:00
Loughborough Students v Clifton Robinsons 14:00
Beeston v Surbiton 14:00
Univ of Birmingham v Hampstead & Westminster 14:15
East Grinstead v Holcombe 16:30

Investec Division 1 North
Olton & West Warwicks v Leeds 12:00
Belper v Leicester City 13:30
Stourport v Univ of Durham 14:30

Investec Division 1 South
Canterbury v Slough 14:00
Wimbledon v Sevenoaks 15:45
Reading v St Albans 16:30

Investec Conference East
Barnes v Canterbury 12:00
Ipswich v Horsham 12:00
Bromley & Beckenham v Wimbledon 2s 12:30
Broxbourne v Southgate 14:30

Investec Conference West
Univ of Birmingham 2s v Clifton Robinsons 2s 12:30
Team Bath Buccaneers v Oxford Hawks 12:30
Oxford University v Surbiton 2s 12:30
Univ of Bristol v Cheltenham 13:15

Investec Conference North
Pendle Forest v Beeston 11:30
Univ of Nottingham v Sutton Coldfield 13:00
Wakefield v Fylde 14:00
Cannock v Timperley 14:00
Alderley Edge v Doncaster 14:00


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