Cup draw throws up a big Midlands derby

The tie of the England men’s cup quarter finals will be holders Beeston at home to fellow England Hockey League (EHL) premier division front-runners Cannock.

Both teams made long trips south in the last 16 returning victorious.  Beeston won 6-1 at Fareham, and Cannock defeated South League side Brighton & Hove 3-1. 

Southgate, who won 7-5 at Preston in the last 16, return to the North West to take on Bowdon.  Bowdon also scored seven but enjoyed a far shorter trip to neighbouring Timperley and also kept a clean sheet 

There will be at least one non-premier division side in the semi finals as conference north leaders Brooklands MU take on Bromley & Beckenham from the conference east. 

Brooklands had a walkover over local rivals Deeside Ramblers and Bromley belied their bottom-of-the-table position to beat fellow conference east side City of Peterborough 5-2. 

The leaders of conference east, Canterbury, enjoyed a comfortable 6-2 at Oxford Hawks and now travel to Hampstead & Westminster who were the biggest winners of the round in defeating Sevenoaks 10-0.

Men’s Cup Quarter Final (Ties to be played on February 5,  2012) 

Beeston v Cannock
Bowdon v Southgate
Brooklands MU v Bromley & Beckenham
Hampstead & Westminster v Canterbury