[img_assist|nid=6598|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=87|height=100]NOTTINGHAM, November 23 – After beating premier division rivals Canterbury last week, Cannock continue their England men’s hockey league campaign with a clash against leaders Beeston on Sunday.
Third-placed Cannock won 6-2 against second-placed Canterbury last Saturday, and will be aiming for a similar result when they take on an under-strength Beeston side this Sunday.
The leaders are missing eight of their players who have been called up for international duty at the International Super Series Hockey 9s and Champions’ Trophy in Australia, giving in-form Cannock extra hope of making it six wins from seven matches.
“We will be pretty confident after last week’s victory over Canterbury,” said Cannock captain Ross Hayward. “That puts us in a pretty good position and we will be hoping to close the gap at the top.
“We’ve had some new players come in who have gelled really quickly – people like Martin Ebbage, Dave Beckett, Alex Edmondson and Dan Coultas – they’re really making a big contribution now.
“Beeston have a pretty good squad, so there’s no question that it’s going to be a difficult game as local derbies always are. But with them having international players out, it makes it a bit easier for us, but they won’t roll over.”
Canterbury travel to Brooklands Manchester University as they bid to hold on to second spot, while East Grinstead – who climbed into fourth spot following last weekend’s win over Southgate – go to Surbiton.
And in Sunday’s other premier division clash, Reading play host to Hampstead and Westminster.
In-form Oxted entertain conference east leaders Holcombe on Saturday evening. The hosts lie fourth, and beat third-placed Bromley and Beckenham last weekend before knocking St Albans out of the cup the following day.
Second in the conference west, Cardiff and UWIC take on third-placed Team Bath Buccaneers on Sunday. The winner could go top of the table depending on the result of the clash between leaders Guildford and Whitchurch.
And in the conference north, Leek and University of Durham are both aiming to give their hopes of challenging for promotion a boost when the two sides meet on Sunday.
Meanwhile, leaders Sheffield Hallam entertain Wakefield, and second-placed Bowdon are at home against Khalsa (Warks).
England men’s hockey league (Sunday, November 25 2012)
Southgate v Loughborough Students 14:00
Surbiton v East Grinstead 14:00
Beeston v Cannock 14:00
Brooklands MU v Canterbury 14:00
Reading v Hampstead & Westminster 14:30
Teddington v Cambridge City 12:30
City of Peterborough v Wimbledon 13:00
Richmond v Old Loughtonians 13:30
Indian Gymkhana v Bromley & Beckenham 14:00
Sat: Oxted v Holcombe 17:00
Sheffield Hallam v Wakefield 13:30
Olton & West Warwicks v Doncaster 13:30
Preston v Belper 14:00
Leek v Univ of Durham 14:00
Bowdon v Khalsa (Warks) 14:30
Guildford v Whitchurch 12:00
Cardiff & UWIC v Team Bath Buccaneers 13:00
Fareham v Havant 13:30
Univ of Exeter v Bristol Firebrands 14:00
Cheltenham v Univ of Birmingham 14:00