Beeston look to maintain emphatic start

[img_assist|nid=6175|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=220|height=220]ENGLAND HOCKEY LEAGUE, September 27 – Beeston will be aiming to continue their emphatic start to the season when they play hosts Hampstead and Westminster in the England men’s hockey league premier Division on Saturday.

Fifteen goals in their first two matches – and only three conceded, have put Beeston top of the early table with Simon Egerton having netted four goals in both their opening matches.

GB international Harry Martin looks set to make his first appearance for Beeston this weekend – in either the league on Saturday or the EHB Cup on Sunday – but the club are taking nothing for granted at Hampstead.

“Hampstead have been our bogey side for the last six or seven years,” said manager Graham Griffiths.

“It’s always a difficult place to go to. Something always seems to go wrong for us there, so we’re taking nothing for granted.

“We’ve been going really well so far, and Simon has been scoring plenty of goals. He keeps having dreams about how many he’s going to score, and so far he’s always done it. We keep asking him for the lottery numbers too!”

Elsewhere, reigning Champions Reading travel to Cannock with both sides having won one and lost one, while unbeaten East Grinstead entertain Brooklands MU, who are still searching for a first win.

Canterbury play host to Loughborough Students, while Southgate and Surbiton will both be searching for their first victory when they meet at Trent Park.

In the men’s conference west, Guildford are the only team with a 100 per cent record, and they travel to third-placed Cheltenham this Saturday.

Elsewhere, second-placed Fareham face a University of Exeter side who put four goals past Bristol Firebrands last weekend.

Khalsa (Warks) are still looking for their maiden win in the men’s conference north, and they take on former Premier Division outfit and current league leaders Bowdon this Saturday.

And leaders Wimbledon face Richmond this Saturday in the men’s conference east, while second-placed Cambridge City take on third-placed Holcombe.

Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, September 29 2012)

Premier Division 

Canterbury v Loughborough Students 13:00

Cannock v Reading 13:30

Southgate v Surbiton 14:00

Hampstead & Westminster v Beeston 14:00

East Grinstead v Brooklands MU 18:00

Conference East

Cambridge City v Holcombe 12:00

Bromley & Beckenham v Teddington 12:30

Old Loughtonians v City of Peterborough 16:00

Oxted v Indian Gymkhana 17:00

Wimbledon v Richmond 17:00

Conference North

Belper v Preston 13:30

Doncaster v Olton & West Warwickshire 14:00

University of Durham v Leek 14:00

Khalsa (Warks) v Bowdon 14:30

Wakefield v Sheffield Hallam 17:00

Conference West

Cheltenham v Guildford 12:30

Cardiff & UWIC v University of Birmingham 13:00

Havant v Team Bath Buccaneers 13:30

Fareham v University of Exeter 13:30

Bristol Firebrands v Whitchurch 16:00