[img_assist|nid=6260|title= |desc=|link=none|align=right|width=68|height=100]ENGLAND, March 16 – Currently fourth in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division, Surbiton will be aiming to preserve that spot and make it to the end of season play-offs – starting with a match at bottom of the league Slough this Saturday.
Surbiton took just one point from two matches last weekend, drawing with Clifton on Saturday and then losing out to Leicester on Sunday. But with other results going in their favour they remain in the top four and on track to challenge for the Championship.
With their final scheduled match being against top of the table Canterbury in two weeks’ time, Surbiton’s clash against Slough this weekend is a must-win game.
“We have two big games ahead of us – we’re treating them both as Cup finals,” said Surbiton manager Mark Atherton. “If we win both games we will be in the play-offs, but if we lose we’re relying on others to lose too.
“Obviously Canterbury will be tough, but Slough will be hard too as they’re fighting relegation.
“We’ve made some good progress in the last couple of weeks even if results haven’t shown that, but now is the time to produce the goods.”
In other action in the Investec Premier Division, fifth placed Bowdon Hightown will be looking to keep the pressure on Surbiton when they travel to Sutton Coldfield,
Leaders Canterbury are at home against lowly Olton and West Warwicks, who may have one eye on their potentially crucial game with fellow strugglers University of Birmingham on the last week of the season. The Students have a tough game too as they entertain second placed Leicester.
Third-placed Reading go to Clifton who retain a faint hope of making the play-offs if they win both their last two games and other results go their way.
In the Investec Conference East leaders Harleston Magpies could wrap up the title and a spot in the promotion play-offs if they if they win at Horsham on Sunday, and second-placed Sevenoaks fail to do the same against Chelmsford.
Beeston travel to Ben Rhydding in the Investec Conference North on Sunday, where their vastly superior goal difference over second placed University of Durham means they will be all but mathematically certain of the title if they win
Already assured of a place in the promotion play-offs is Investec Conference West winners Buckingham, who go to Trojans on Sunday.
Tickets for the end of season play-offs, Investec Women’s Finals Weekend, on 20-21 April are on sale now. Find out more and book via www.englandhockey.co.uk/leaguefinals
Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, March 16 2013)
Investec Premier Division
Clifton v Reading 11:30
Slough v Surbiton 12:30
Univ of Birmingham v Leicester 12:30
Sutton Coldfield v Bowdon Hightown 14:00
Canterbury v Olton & West Warwicks 17:00
Investec Women’s Hockey League (Sunday, March 17 2013)
Investec Conference East
Horsham v Harleston Magpies 13:30
Sevenoaks v Chelmsford 13:30
Wimbledon v Bromley & Beckenham 13:30
St Albans v Ipswich 14:30
Old Loughtonians v Oxford Hawks 15:00
Investec Conference North
Liverpool Sefton v Univ of Durham 12:30
Whitley Bay & Tynemouth v Brooklands Poynton 12:30
Ben Rhydding v Beeston 13:30
Cannock v Loughborough Students 13:30
Doncaster v Wakefield Bradford 14:00
Investec Conference West
Bristol Firebrands v Swansea City 12:00
Stourport v Gloucester City 12:00
Trojans v Buckingham 12:00
Isca v Barnes Hounslow Ealing 12:30
Taunton Vale v Staines 13:30