Canterbury look to close gap with Beeston on duty in Europe

[img_assist|nid=6238|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=100]LONDON, October 12 – Canterbury will be aiming to close the gap to leaders Beeston when they travel to Reading in the England men’s hockey league premier division on Sunday.

Currently second in the table, Canterbury could draw level with Beeston if they win at Sonning Lane – but manager David Stevens isn’t getting carried away.

“It has been a good start for us,” he said. “We had a difficult trip to Beeston [lost 7-1] but we weren’t a million miles behind them – they were just more clinical.

“It’s early in the season, we’ve had a good start but it’s a difficult league so we’re not getting carried away – we’re just glad to be in the top half of the table for a change.

“We haven’t got the superstars that other clubs have, but we’re got a good group of mostly home grown players who are Canterbury through and through.”

With leaders Beeston playing in the Euro Hockey League this weekend, the pick of the other Premier Division matches sees fourth-placed Cannock go to bottom of the table Surbiton on Saturday.

Southgate entertain Brooklands MU, while East Grinstead go to Hampstead and Westminster.

With three wins from their opening three matches in the men’s conference east, Bromley and Beckenham will be aiming to go top of the table with a victory at Old Loughtonians on Saturday.

Meanwhile, leaders Wimbledon will hope to hold on to top spot when they go to Indian Gymkhana. And third-placed Holcombe could also go top if they win against City of Peterborough at Rochester.

In the conference north, second-placed Bowdon travel to Solihull to play Olton and West Warwickshire, while leaders Sheffield Hallam make the journey to Leek.

And in the conference west, top of the table Team Bath Buccaneers go to University of Exeter, while second-placed Cardiff and UWIC entertain Fareham.

Also gunning for the top of the table are Guildford who go to bottom of the league Bristol Firebrands, while unbeaten Cheltenham – who have drawn three of their four games so far, will be aiming for victory at Havant.

Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 13 2012)

Premier Division

Hampstead and Westminster v East Grinstead 14:00

Southgate v Brooklands Manchester University 14:00

Surbiton v Cannock 14:00

(Sunday) Reading v Canterbury 14:30

 Conference East

Holcombe v City of Peterborough 18:00

Indian Gymkhana v Wimbledon 16:30

Old Loughtonians v Bromley & Beckenham 16:30

Oxted v Teddington 17:00

Richmond v Cambridge City 13:00

 Conference North

Khalsa (Warks) v Belper 14:30

Leek v Sheffield Hallam 14:30

Olton & West Warwickshire v Bowdon 13:30

Preston v Doncaster 13:30

Wakefield v University of Durham 17:00

Conference West

Bristol Firebrands v Guildford 14:00

Cardiff & UWIC v Fareham 13:00

Havant v Cheltenham 14:00

University of Birmingham v Whitchurch 12:30

University of Exeter v Team Bath Buccaneers 12:30