Last season’s finalists clash in the Investec league

[img_assist|nid=6349|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=99|height=100]LEICESTER, October 18 – Reigning champions in the Investec women’s hockey league, Leicester play host to rivals Reading on Saturday afternoon.

Both sides have suffered in the early part of the season as their international players take a break following a successful Olympic campaign, and they lie sixth and seventh respectively in the table.“Both ourselves and Leicester are victims of our own success, as more than half the GB team is Reading and the others are mostly from Leicester,” said Reading manager Matt Poulton.

“Both teams haven’t had the start they wanted. We have been able to give new players first team experience which is great, but results have suffered. However for Saturday’s game we will have several players back such as Kate Walsh, Helen Richardson, Emily Maguire and Sam Quek.

“But if you had said to us before the start of the season we would be five games in and only six points off the top, we would’ve taken that, so we’re not concerned.”

Elsewhere in the Investec women’s premier division, leaders Canterbury will be aiming to keep their unbeaten run going when they entertain Clifton. And second-placed Sutton Coldfield go to struggling Olton and West Warwickshire.

Surbiton are also on the road and go to University of Birmingham, while Slough play host to Bowdon Hightown.

In the Investec conference north, second-placed University of Durham go to third-placed Brooklands Poynton, while leaders Beeston will entertain Liverpool Sefton as they bid to hold on to top spot.

Investec conference east leaders Harleston Magpies will be hoping to keep their unbeaten run going when they go to struggling Chelmsford, while second-placed Ipswich take on bottom of the table Bromley and Beckenham.

With five wins from five matches so far, Buckingham will be aiming to continue their great start to the Investec conference west when they play host to Swansea City on Saturday.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 20 2012)

Premier Division

Canterbury v Clifton 11:45

Leicester v Reading 12:30

Olton & West Warwickshire v Sutton Coldfield 12:00

Slough v Bowdon Hightown 12:30

University of Birmingham v Surbiton 12:30

Conference East

Bromley & Beckenham v Ipswich 14:00

Chelmsford v Harleston Magpies 14:00

Sevenoaks v Old Loughtonians 13:30

St Albans v Oxford Hawks 14:15

Wimbledon v Horsham 15:00

Conference North

Beeston v Liverpool Sefton 12:00

Ben Rhydding v Loughborough Students 13:30

Brooklands Poynton v Univ of Durham 12:00

Cannock v Wakefield Bradford 13:30

Whitley Bay & Tynemouth v Doncaster 12:30

Conference West

Bristol Firebrands v Barnes Hounslow Ealing 11:30

Buckingham v Swansea City 12:00

Isca v Gloucester City 12:30

Stourport v Staines 12:00

Trojans v Taunton Vale 12:00