What's On This Weekend?

This weekend sees the Men’s side of the EHL switch to Saturday fixtures with the EH Cup scheduled on Sunday, the Women, in turn, swap to Sunday.

Men's EHL
East Grinstead celebrate a goal at Cannock May 2010League leaders East Grinstead host Cannock in Men’s Premier Division in fine form having dropped just two points this season in a 3-3 draw with Bowdon. Cannock, in contrast have been a picture of inconsistency having won drawn twice and lost in their last four games. That said, their form has picked up since the beginning of the season, though they will have been disappointed not to put a greater points’ difference between themselves and Canterbury having drawn with the bottom side last week. East Grinstead has averaged just over four goals a game thus far and faces the second leakiest defence in the division.

Reading v Beeston 2009-2010 seasonBeeston, four points back in second, host a Reading side whose 3-0 win over Hampstead & Westminster hinted at a return to the form for which we have been accustomed. Eight points separate the two sides and though Beeston have scored two more goals this season, their defence has been nine goals more resolute than that of their visitors. The Bees recovered from two losses in a row to two wins on the trot and will be hoping to continue that run and heap pressure on East Grinstead. Canterbury stage an evening game on Saturday agreeing a 5.30pm start time with their opposition Loughborough Students. Canterbury have taken just a point from their last five games whereas, during the same period, Loughborough collected seven. Five points separate the two sides in the table and the two teams have conceded similar amounts of goals so it could prove to be a close match up at Polo Farm. Surbiton and Hampstead & Westminster play in the London derby with both sides looking to bounce back from defeats last weekend. In the North West derby Brooklands MU host Bowdon, with just four points separating the two a win for Brooklands MU could close the gap significantly between the local rivals. Bowdon, meanwhile, occupy third spot and will be looking for a win to continue their excellent start to the season.


Canterbury - Loughborough Students 17:30Amended start time
Brooklands MU - Bowdon 12:00
Beeston - Reading 14:00
East Grinstead - Cannock 14:00
H & W - Surbiton 14:00

Women's EHL
Leicester players celebrate a goal from Crista Cullen, 11 October 2009Second and third placed sides in the Women’s top flight, Leicester and University of Birmingham – respectively – play out their Midlands derby with just a point separating the two sides. Leicester’s 1-0 win over Clifton last week came as a welcome tonic having dropped from the top spot the week before. EuroCanterbury lead the division by one point over Leicester and travel to Olton & WW on Sunday. Having beaten Leicester on the 6th EuroCanterbury went on to record a 5-1 win over Cannock to move back to the top of the table having last occupied that spot after five games. Olton & WW sit perilously close to the relegation places, just a point clear, having lost two in a row; the last of which came against bottom of the table Brooklands Poynton. In the second derby of the weekend between the two clubs, Bowdon Hightown hosts Brooklands Poynton with Hightown in high spirits having knocked Slough from first as a result of their 1-0 win last weekend. Slough travel to Berkshire rivals Reading with a view to climbing back up the table in what is proving an exceedingly tight top four. Reading, meanwhile, need a spark to reignite their season having failed to win in their last two outings and occupying the relegation play-off place. Cannock and Clifton share the same win/loss record, with the Bristol based side possessing the marginally superior goal difference. Both sides were involved in the promotion/relegation play-offs last season and will be keen to avoid them this time round.

Southgate, leaders of Men’s Conference East, host high scoring Bromley & Beckenham on Saturday in what promises to be a scoring showdown. Southgate have notched 30 goals to top the table whilst third placed Bromley & Beckenham have rifled 33 goals in just eight games. In Men’s Conference North, top side Doncaster match up against last season’s champions Deeside Ramblers. Deeside have found the second season tougher going in the division, but will hope that they can replicate their win over Durham University last week which toppled the North East team from the top of the division. Conference West leaders, Team Bath Buccaneers agreed to switch their game to Sunday with University of Exeter in what will be a double header with Isca University v Team Bath Buccaneers ladies in Exeter. Despite trailing by three points, University of Exeter has a greater goal difference than their local rivals and will be hoping that they can achieve the win that would draw them level on points with their opponents.

Surbiton and Ipswich drew last weekend at the top of Women’s Conference East, and the newcomers to the division, Surbiton, travel to St. Albans this weekend. The London based side have not lost yet this season and with St. Albans having won just once so far, the odds are with an away win. Ipswich, meanwhile, host Horsham who could draw level on points with their opponents with a win. Loughborough Students top Women’s Conference North and host Durham University leading the academics by two points. Sutton Coldfield, highest scorers in the Women’s EHL across all divisions visit third bottom Belper on Sunday in search of their seventh win of the season. Belper’s narrow victory over bottom side Beeston last weekend gave them their first win of the season. Women’s Conference West leaders Buckingham head to Swansea possessing the tightest defence in the entirety of the EHL having conceded just two goals in eight games, and that works out to just 0.25 goals per game. 


Bowdon Hightown - Brooklands Poynton 12:00 Amended start time
Cannock - University of Birmingham 12:30
Olton & WW - Canterbury 13:30
Reading - Slough 14:00

Women’s Cup Quarter Final Draw

Sutton Coldfield will be going for their third consecutive giant kill as the draw is made for the Quarter Finals of the Women’s Cup. 

Sutton Coldfield’s Vicky Woolford was once again the hero as she scored the only goal of the game to defeat Brooklands Poynton from the England Hockey League (EHL) Premier Division. After already defeating Cannock in Round Two, they will have the chance to claim their third EHL Premier Division scalp of the competition as they travel to Clifton in the Quarter Finals. Clifton’s Carla Dunnett scored a hat trick as she helped her side to a 5-1 victory over Hampstead & Westminster. 

Bowdon's Tina Cullen during their Premier Division game in the Slazenger English Hockey League game at Leicester Grammar School, Great Glen, 8th November 2008.Bowdon Hightown will host Olton & West Warwicks in the only all EHL Premier Division tie of the Quarter Finals after both teams made it past lower league opposition without too much difficulty. Surbiton came back from Kent with a comfortable 5-1 victory against Maidstone, and they will now face Reading who defeated Team Bath Buccaneers 4-1. The last match of the round will come from the Midlands as University of Birmingham host Buckingham from the EHL Conference West. The students had Sarah Page on fine form as she scored four times in a 6-1 win over Beeston, with Buckingham defeating Chelmsford 4-0 thanks to a Beth Stainsby brace. 

Women’s Cup Quarter Final Draw 

Ties to be played Sunday 20th February 2011

Bowdon Hightown v Olton & WW
Clifton v Sutton Coldfield 
Surbiton v Reading 
University of Birmingham v Buckingham

Men’s Cup Round Four

Hockey’s Men’s Cup reaches the fourth round stage this weekend with clubs looking to progress into the quarter finals. 

Canterbury v Indian Gymkhana - Men's Cup R4Fareham caused the biggest upset of the previous round as they knocked out England Hockey League (EHL) Premier Division side Canterbury and they will have the chance to repeat the feat when they take on six-time winners of the Cup, Reading. 

The first all Premier Division tie of the competition comes from Chase Park as Cannock host Bowdon.  The sides drew 1-1 when they met in the league earlier in the season. Cup holders Beeston travel to Deeside Ramblers as they look to make the quarter finals for the fourth consecutive season, whilst 2010 runners-up Hampstead & Westminster travel to Cheltenham.

East Midlands Premier side Barton, the lowest ranked team left in the competition, makes the short trip to take on University of Birmingham. Chelmsford will once again look to defeat EHL opposition as they host Olton & West Warwicks of Conference North and two other teams will be looking to cause upsets as Milton Keynes host Old Loughtonians from EHL Conference East, with Oxton travelling to Doncaster who play in Conference North. 

The draw for the quarter finals will be made on Monday 22 November. 

Men’s Cup Round Four - Ties to be played Sunday 21 November.

Cannock v Bowdon (14:00, Chase Park)

Chelmsford v Olton & West Warwicks (14:00, Chelmer Park)

Cheltenham v Hampstead & Westminster (12:00, Balcarras) 

Deeside Ramblers v Beeston (13:00, Deeside Ramblers HC)

Doncaster v Oxton (14:00, Doncaster Town Field Sports Club)

Fareham v Reading (13:00, Henry Cort Community College) 

Milton Keynes v Old Loughtonians (12:30, Woughton Playing Fields) 

University of Birmingham v Barton (12:30, University of Birmingham)