Second only on goal difference, East Grinstead take on leaders Surbiton in a mouth-watering clash at Saint Hill in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.
The two sides are the only ones with 100 per cent records intact in the top flight this season, but that is guaranteed to change on Sunday.
Memories of the play-off semi-final between the two sides – which East Grinstead won 6-2 – will be in the minds of many, but not for the respective managers.
“Both squads have changed quite a bit in terms of personnel over the summer, so this match will be a different proposition to the play-offs, which seem a long time ago now,” said East Grinstead manager Matt Jones.
“East Grinstead and Surbiton know each other pretty well, and I don’t think they will worry about playing away as they have been here plenty of times. But we are fortunate to have hundreds of very well educated and supportive fans on the sidelines.”
Surbiton Manager James Lloyd added: “There are no easy games in this league. Both ourselves and East Grinstead have new-look teams from last season, so the play-off result won’t be a factor.
“East Grinstead is always a tough place to go to, and their home crowd always adds spice, but we will stay focused on the job in hand.”
Just below the top two, third-placed Hampstead and Westminster go to Beeston in fourth spot – two more sides who are separated only by goal difference.
In Sunday’s other Premier Division action, Reading host Southgate at Sonning Lane, while Brooklands Manchester University entertain Canterbury, with both teams looking for their first league win of the season.
Cannock entertain Wimbledon in Saturday evening’s only Men’s match.
Cannock have been deducted one point by the NOW: Pensions League Committee. The penalty relates to their match against East Grinstead on 13 September which Cannock lost. Ashlin Freddy played for Cannock in the match however since his registration with the club in January 2014 he had subsequently played in South Africa prior to returning to England, without being deregistered. This made him ineligible to participate in the league under regulation 4.2.12. The committee appreciated that Cannock made them aware of the situation. The player is now re-registered and eligible to again participate.
In the NOW: Pensions Conference West leaders Cardiff and Met go to the University of Exeter, while Team Bath Buccaneers will be aiming for a fourth straight win when they travel to Guildford.
Sheffield Hallam have yet to concede a goal in the NOW: Pensions Conference North, but the early leaders face a Bowdon side who have scored the most goals in the league so far.
And in the NOW: Pensions Conference East, leaders Chichester Priory Park entertain bottom of the table Old Loughtonians. Meanwhile, second-placed Holcombe travel to second-bottom Oxted.
NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 4 2014)
NOW: Pensions Premier Division
Cannock v Wimbledon 17:30
NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, October 5 2014)
NOW: Pensions Premier Division
Beeston v Hampstead & Westminster 12:45
Brooklands Manchester Univ v Canterbury 14:00
East Grinstead v Surbiton 14:00
Reading v Southgate 14:30
NOW: Pensions Conference West
Fareham v Univ of Birmingham 13:30
Guildford v Team Bath Buccaneers 12:00
Indian Gymkhana v Cheltenham 14:00
Univ of Exeter v Cardiff & Met 12:30
Whitchurch v Barford Tigers 13:00
NOW: Pensions Conference North
Deeside Ramblers v Belper 13:30
Loughborough Students v Leek 14:00
Olton & West Warwicks v Doncaster 13:30
Sheffield Hallam v Bowdon 13:30
Wakefield v Univ of Durham 13:30
NOW: Pensions Conference East
Brighton and Hove v Teddington 13:00
Cambridge City v Richmond 12:30
Chichester Priory Park v Old Loughtonians 13:30
Oxted v Holcombe 12:45
West Herts v Bromley & Beckenham 14:00
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