[img_assist|nid=6598|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=87|height=100]ENGLAND, March 16 – With a vital England Men’s Hockey League Premier Division clash on Saturday and a Men’s Cup semi final match on Sunday, this weekend looks set to prove crucial for Cannock men.
Currently fifth in the table and only outside the play-off places on goal difference, Cannock face another play-off contender, East Grinstead, in a league match on Saturday.
And having lost out to Hampstead and Westminster in the league last weekend, Cannock get their chance of revenge on Sunday when they travel south to play them again in the Men’s Cup semi final.
“Despite last weekend’s disappointing defeat, we still have fate in our own hands,” said Cannock captain Ross Hayward. “If we win both our remaining league games we should finish in the top four.
“But it’s not just about the league for us; we want to be a team that wins trophies. We aren’t prioritising either of the games this weekend. We will be trying to win both of them and give ourselves a good boost ahead of our final game against Canterbury in two weeks’ time.”
Elsewhere, Canterbury lay fourth and will be aiming to hold that position with victory over a Southgate side who desperately need a win to stay clear of bottom of the table Brooklands MU.
Reading travel to Loughborough Students in a bid to preserve their place in the play-offs.
Surbiton, who climbed to second on the back of a win over Reading last weekend, entertain Hampstead and Westminster on Saturday prior to taking on Oxted in the Men’s Cup on Sunday.
Finally, leaders Beeston play host to Brooklands Manchester University, who are desperate for points to avoid relegation.
In the Conference West, leaders Cardiff & UWIC entertain third-placed Guildford with both sides still in the hunt for a place in the promotion play-offs. And University of Exeter, who are still in the hunt for the title, go to Havant.
Wimbledon and Holcombe are still locked in a battle for the Conference East title, with just one goal difference separating the two sides. Wimbledon go to Bromley and Beckenham on Saturday, while Holcombe entertain Richmond.
And in the Conference North the top two face each other in a vital match, leaders Bowdon hosting second-placed Sheffield Hallam. Victory for Bowdon will give them the title.
Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, March 16 2013)
Beeston v Brooklands MU 14:00
Canterbury v Southgate 14:00
East Grinstead v Cannock 14:00
Loughborough Students v Reading 14:00
Surbiton v Hampstead & Westminster 14:00
Cambridge City v Oxted 12:00
City of Peterborough v Teddington 13:30
Bromley & Beckenham v Wimbledon 14:00
Indian Gymkhana v Old Loughtonians 14:30
Holcombe v Richmond 18:00
Univ of Durham v Belper 12:00
Olton & West Warwicks v Wakefield 13:30
Preston v Khalsa (Warks) 13:30
Bowdon v Sheffield Hallam 14:00
Doncaster v Leek 14:00
Team Bath Buccaneers v Whitchurch 12:00
Cheltenham v Fareham 12:30
Cardiff & UWIC v Guildford 13:00
Havant v Univ of Exeter 14:00
Univ of Birmingham v Bristol Firebrands 14:30
Men’s Cup (Sunday, March 17 2012)
Hampstead & Westminster v Cannock 14:00
Surbiton v Oxted 14:00