Leaders East Grinstead host Hampstead and Westminster on Saturday evening as they aim to end their 2014 outdoor fixtures on a high in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.
With just one loss so far from ten matches, East Grinstead are three points clear at the top of the table with the best attack and defence in the division.
“We’ve had a stellar season so far, apart from one blip,” said East Grinstead Manager Matt Jones. “But we can’t afford to take our eye off the ball, as Hampstead are a tough opponent.
“We will be focused on our strengths whilst being respectful of Hampstead. The league is really close this season, and we can’t afford any slip-ups.
“We want to maintain this run of good form into the indoor season, and lay the foundation for a good start to the outdoor in February.”
Surbiton will be looking to turn up the heat on East Grinstead when they play at Reading on Sunday, while reigning champions Beeston go to Canterbury, also on Sunday.
Fourth-placed Wimbledon could climb to third with a win over Southgate at Kingsway on Saturday evening, while in-form Brooklands Manchester University are at home against Cannock with both teams looking to move away from the relegation zone
Meanwhile, the Reading v Cannock game which was postponed on 14 November has been rescheduled for 7 December.
On Sunday there’s a big showdown in the NOW: Pensions Conference West as the top two teams, Cardiff and Met and Team Bath Buccaneers meet. Both sides have 27 points but Cardiff have a vastly superior goal difference.
In the NOW: Pensions Conference North, Sheffield Hallam will look to pick themselves up after a 5-1 defeat to Bowdon as they face relegation-threatened Leek. Leaders Bowdon will aim to continue their unbeaten streak against University of Durham.
Holcombe are a real force to be reckoned with in the NOW: Pensions Conference East and their run of ten wins in ten games has seen them score an incredible 59 goals. They’ll look to keep their form on track as they host Oxted who have had a week’s rest after having their game postponed last Sunday.
* Photo shows East Grinstead’s Sam Driver versus Beeston, credit www.davidkissman.co.uk
NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, November 29 2014)
NOW: Pensions Premier Division
Wimbledon v Southgate 18:00
East Grinstead v Hampstead and Westminster 18:00
NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, November 30 2014)
NOW: Pensions Premier Division
Canterbury v Beeston 13:00
Brooklands Manchester University v Cannock 14:00
Reading v Surbiton 14:30
NOW: Pensions Conference West
Guildford v Barford Tigers 12:00
University of Exeter v University of Birmingham 12:30
Cheltenham v Indian Gymkhana 12:30
Cardiff and Met v Team Bath Buccaneers 13:00
Fareham v Whitchurch 13:30
NOW: Pensions Conference North
Wakefield v Deeside Ramblers 13:30
Doncaster v Olton and West Warwickshire 14:00
Leek v Sheffield Hallam 14:00
Loughborough Students v Belper 14:00
University of Durham v Bowdon 14:00
NOW: Pensions Conference East
Teddington v Richmond 12:30
Brighton and Hove v Old Loughtonians 13:00
Bromley and Beckenham v West Herts 13:00
Chichester Priory Park v Cambridge City 13:30
Holcombe v Oxted 14:30
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