Fixtures list for the Now: Pensions men’s league announced

[img_assist|nid=8140|title=Now: Pensions|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=200|height=85]The fixtures are confirmed for the first season of the league under it’s new banner of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (please see attached PDF).

The sponsorship of the league by NOW: Pensions means that prize money will be on offer for the best teams and athletes.  The winners and runners-up of each of the four divisions, as well as third place in the Premier Division and each division’s Player of the Season and top goal scorer will collect the rewards at the end of the season.

In the NOW: Pensions Premier Division, champions Beeston have an intriguing opening day game at newly promoted Wimbledon. The other newcomers, Sheffield Hallam face a long trip to East Grinstead. Two of last season’s top four, Reading and Canterbury will meet at Sonning Lane, while last season’s runners up, Surbiton have a local derby with Hampstead & Westminster.

In NOW: Pensions Conference North, Bowdon, who finished as runners-up to promoted Sheffield Hallam last season, travel to Belper. Newcomers West Bridgford renew Midlands League rivalries with Khalsa and North League champions Deeside Ramblers, who return after a season’s absence, host Leek. 

In NOW: Pensions Conference West, Cardiff & UWIC will look to put behind them the disappointment of failing to secure promotion to the top flight after winning the division last season; they open the new campaign at Cheltenham, who finished eighth. Meanwhile Cardiff’s two nearest rivals last season Exeter University and Guildford meet up on week one. Isca, who return to national league status after a thirteen year absence travel to Birmingham University. 

In NOW: Pensions Conference East, 2013 runners-up Holcombe open 2013-2014 with a home tie against Cambridge City who retained their status after winning the Relegation Play-offs. East League champions St Albans return to the league after two season’s absence and start with a visit from Oxted. Brighton & Hove who won the South League head to Old Loughtonians.