PREVIEWS: Men's Hockey League

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Currently second and third, Wimbledon and Old Georgians face off on Saturday as the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division as the league heads into the winter break.

Both teams failed to win last weekend and will want to get back to winning ways in their final matches of 2019 and strengthen their places in the top four.

Wimbledon drew 3-3 with Old Georgians earlier in the season and their first team coach Karl Stagno said: “We learned from that match that we need to defend better; we gifted them too many soft goals after having controlled the game.

Last weekend, Old Georgians could only draw with bottom of the table Reading, while Wimbledon lost out at home against Hampstead & Westminster.

“We have a couple of injuries,” added Stagno. “And we always have to check if the GB boys are fit enough to play after their training at Bisham.”

Elsewhere, unbeaten leaders Surbiton have a home game against second-bottom University of Exeter, who will want to build on the good play they displayed in holding East Grinstead to a draw last weekend.

Holcombe head to East Grinstead this Saturday as they look to get back to winning ways following last weekend’s narrow 3-2 loss to Surbiton.

Sunday’s games see Hampstead & Westminster travel north to Brooklands MU, while Reading are hosting Beeston.

In the Men’s Division One South leaders Oxted face a crucial match against third-placed Southgate who are just two points behind, while second-placed Sevenoaks host Brighton & Hove.

And leaders the University of Durham host Loughborough Student in Division One North as they look to make it eight wins from nine matches.

But they will need to be on their guard as Loughborough are the only team to have beaten them in the league this season with a 2-1 victory back in October.

Finally, second-placed Cardiff & Met play host to Sheffield Hallam on Saturday evening and third-placed Bowdon go to Olton & West Warwicks on Sunday.


FIXTURES

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

Premier Division
Surbiton v Univ of Exeter 16:30
Wimbledon v Old Georgians 18:00
East Grinstead v Holcombe 18:30

Division 1 North
Cardiff & Met v Sheffield Hallam 18:00

Conference East
Spencer v Wapping 13:30
Bromley & Beckenham v London Edwardians 14:30

Conference North
Wakefield v Alderley Edge 16:30

Men’s Hockey League (Sun, 8 December 2019)

Premier Division
Brooklands MU v Hampstead & Westminster 12:15
Reading v Beeston 14:30

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

Division 1 South
Canterbury v Havant 12:45
Fareham v Oxford Hawks 13:30
Teddington v Team Bath Buccaneers 13:30
Sevenoaks v Brighton & Hove 14:00
Oxted v Southgate 14:00

Conference East
St Albans v Chichester 14:00
Old Loughtonians v Bedford 14:00
Harleston Magpies v Cambridge City 14:00

Conference North
Preston v Didsbury Northern 13:00
Barford Tigers v Timperley 13:00
Lichfield v Belper 13:30
Doncaster v Deeside Ramblers 14:00

Conference West
Khalsa Leamington v Cardiff University 12:30
Cheltenham v Univ of Bristol 13:00
Harborne v Univ of Exeter 2s 14:00

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