Top two to clash in men’s premier division

[img_assist|nid=6238|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=100]CANTERBURY, November 30 – The 2012 England men’s hockey league fixtures come to a close with a mouth-watering tie between leaders Beeston and second-placed Canterbury on Sunday.

The Kent side host their Nottinghamshire rivals (12.45 pm start), and will be looking to gain revenge for the 7-1 drubbing they suffered in the opposing fixture back in September.

But with just one win in their last three league matches, Canterbury will need to be on top form if they are to take anything from the match.

Despite being short-handed with eight players on international duty in Australia, Beeston still managed to keep their momentum going with a 5-1 win over third-placed Cannock last weekend.

“We’re approaching this match in the same way as any other,” said Canterbury captain Michael Farrer. “We will play our own game as we always do – that approach has got us where we are now.

“We’ve just been taking each result one at a time rather than looking at the overall picture, and that’s got us second in the league. It’s not often that promoted teams do so well – normally they’re struggling to survive near the bottom.”

Elsewhere, Loughborough Students climbed into the top four on the back of last weekend’s victory over Southgate, and they will be aiming to consolidate that position when they host Surbiton.

Third-placed Cannock are also at home, against Brooklands Manchester University, while East Grinstead will be aiming to take back their spot in the top four when they play host to Reading in a replay of last year’s Championship Final.

Hampstead and Westminster are unbeaten in five matches, and will be aiming to secure a win over bottom of the table Southgate on Saturday.

England Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, December 2 2012): 

Premier Division

Canterbury v Beeston 12:45

Loughborough Students v Surbiton 14:00

East Grinstead v Reading 14:00

Hampstead & Westminster v Southgate 14:00

Cannock v Brooklands MU 14:30