Beeston look to maintain winning form

[img_assist|nid=6187|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=100]NOTTINGHAM, October 18 – After their victories in the Euro Hockey League last weekend, Beeston will be aiming to keep their emphatic form going when they host Surbiton in the England men’s hockey league on Sunday.

The Surrey side notched up six goals in their victory over Canterbury last Sunday, and will be aiming to become the first side to take the points from Beeston this season.

But they face a Beeston side who have the most potent attack and the best defence in the division so far.

“It doesn’t matter whether we’re playing top of the league or the bottom, we’re always going for the victory,” said Surbiton manager James Lloyd. “We’ve been in a transitional period recently and that’s reflected in our results.

“We’ve got a new coach and a new style of play, and we have had our share of absentees with the World League taking place, and GB internationals away too.

“But we think last weekend’s big win showed that we’ve turned the corner and things are really starting to click.”

Level on points with Beeston, second-placed Canterbury entertain Hampstead and Westminster, while reigning champions Reading go to Brooklands MU.

Cannock and Southgate do battle at The Morris Ground in Staffordshire, and East Grinstead warm up for hosting the Euro Hockey League at home to  Loughborough Students.

Elsewhere, in the conference east, second-placed Holcombe have the top of the table in their sights, but they have to get past third-placed Bromley and Beckenham this Saturday.

Meanwhile, leaders Wimbledon play on Saturday against Oxted.

In the conference north, new leaders Bowdon will be looking to consolidate their position at the top of the table, but they face Leek this Sunday – the side who knocked Sheffield Hallam off top spot last weekend.

And unbeaten Guildford are gunning for the top of the conference west with a home clash against University of Exeter on Sunday.

And with four draws from their first five league matches, Cheltenham will be aiming for a victory when they host Whitchurch.

Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, October 21 2012)

Premier Division

Beeston v Surbiton 14:00

Brooklands MU v Reading 14:00

Cannock v Southgate 14:30

Canterbury v Hampstead & Westminster 12:45

East Grinstead v Loughborough Students 14:00

Conference East

Bromley & Beckenham v Holcombe 13:00

Cambridge City v Old Loughtonians 12:30

City of Peterborough v Indian Gymkhana 13:00

Teddington v Richmond 14:30

(Sat) Wimbledon v Oxted 17:00

Conference North

Belper v Wakefield 14:00

Bowdon v Leek 14:00

Doncaster v Khalsa (Warks) 14:00

Sheffield Hallam v Olton & West Warwickshire 13:30

Univ of Durham v Preston 13:30

Conference West

Cardiff & UWIC v Havant 13:00

Cheltenham v Whitchurch 12:30

Fareham v Bristol Firebrands 13:30

Guildford v Univ of Exeter 14:00

Team Bath Buccaneers v Univ of Birmingham 13:00