Top of the table clash this weekend!

The highlight of the EHL this weekend sees a showdown between the top two in the Men’s Premier Division. Carrying 100% records into their game, Beeston and East Grinstead face each other with a record guaranteed to be lost. East Grinstead host the game lying second having scored fewer goals than their Nottingham counterparts; the game represents a replay of the 2009-10 EHL Championships final in which East Grinstead emerged the victors in a narrowly contested match. 

Beeston’s Sam Ward has been enjoying a purple patch of late and presents a significant danger to East Grinstead having scored five last week. East Grinstead has plenty of talent to draw from in attack themselves with Danny Hall and Mark Pearn second and third in the top goal scoring charts. 

Cannock, foot of the table, hosts Surbiton in the hope of overturning their recent form which saw an 8-3 loss against Reading last weekend. Surbiton’s defeat by Brooklands MU last weekend, will likely spur them on their search for the third victory of their season at Cannock. 

Hampstead and Westminster looks to continue their top three start by registering a win, at second bottom Loughborough Students, after a home defeat by East Grinstead last weekend. Loughborough’s tough start to the season, having lost to the top two thus far, included a promising win at Reading, a performance they will hope to return to against Hampstead.

Leicester, top and the only unbeaten team in the Women’s Premier Division, host Olton & WW on Saturday. Their opponents have just one victory to their name, a 3-2 win over struggling Reading last weekend, from four games and lie in 8th place. Leicester are renowned for their solid defence, which is again proving to be sturdy having conceded an average of just one goal per game. In addition, this season, Rebecca Herbert’s availability to her club in recovering from injury, has seen her joint top of the scoring charts boosting Leicester’s firepower. 

EuroCanterbury, second, face resurgent Bowdon Hightown whose results have returned them to the top half of the table, this season, having lost only to Leicester. EuroCanterbury had a solid 2-0 win over University of Birmingham on Saturday, the result moved them into second and they enter their game with Clifton having won two in a row. Clifton, on the other hand, has lost two in a row, their only win of the season coming on the first day by beating Olton & WW 5-2. 

In the Women’s Conferences, East leaders Chelmsford travel to third placed Sevenoaks; North Conference’s Wakefield Bradford and Sutton Coldfield, level on 12 points at the top, face away trips to Beeston and Sunderland respectively; whilst Buckingham, one of three teams on eight points at the top of the West Conference travel to bottom of the table Worcester.

Indian Gymkhana, five points clear at the top of Men’s Conference East, host seventh placed St.Albans; while new North leaders Sheffield Hallam Civica also travel to seventh placed in their league, Harborne. University of Exeter and Team Bath Buccaneers both possess 10 point hauls at the top of Men’s Conference West; Team Bath travel to bottom side Stourport, whilst University of Exeter face recently promoted Cheltenham who have two wins to their name.