Surbiton eye-off second place

[img_assist|nid=8642|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=43]Surbiton climbed to third in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division last weekend – and they will make it to second spot if they beat rivals Canterbury on Saturday.

A draw last weekend meant Canterbury lost ground on leaders Reading, and they will face a Surbiton side who notched up league and cup victories last weekend.

“We know it’s a big game for both teams because we’re third and they’re second, and we know their squad because we played each other three times last season, so it’s going to be a competitive game,” said Surbiton coach Mark Atherton.

“We’ve recruited several new players for this season and it always takes time to gel, but we’re happy with how things are going and we’re improving all the time and there’s a good spirit in the team. 

The women’s clash between Canterbury and Surbiton starts at 4.30pm – but get down to Polo Farm early as their male counterparts also play each other at 2pm.

Surbiton moved up to third at the expense of Clifton, the Bristol outfit who have a tough game against Reading this weekend.

Bowdon Hightown also dropped points last weekend, and they face a Sutton Coldfield side who will be eager to get back to winning ways after last weekend’s loss to Reading.

Beeston climbed above Leicester last weekend when they beat bottom of the table Olton and West Warwickshire. But Leicester have a great chance for revenge when they go to Beeston on Saturday.

Finally, University of Birmingham host Olton and West Warwickshire.

Unbeaten Holcombe face an East Grinstead side with just one defeat so far in the Investec Conference East. But with a six point buffer at the top, Holcombe will still be leading whatever the result. Meanwhile, second-placed Old Loughtonians go to Harleston Magpies.

Third and fourth respectively, Brooklands Poynton and Whitley Bay and Tynemouth face each other in an important match for both their title ambitions in the Investec Conference North. Meanwhile, leaders University of Durham entertain Kendal.

In the Investec Conference West, leaders Buckingham go to Swansea, while Slough – second only on goal difference – entertain Oxford Hawks.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 26 2013)

Investec Premier Division

Beeston v Leicester 12:00

Canterbury v Surbiton 16:30

Clifton v Reading 13:00

Sutton Coldfield v Bowdon Hightown 14:00

Univ of Birmingham v Olton and West Warwicks 12:30 

Investec Conference East

Harleston Magpies v Old Loughtonians 12:30

Holcombe v East Grinstead 16:30

Ipswich v Sevenoaks 14:00

St Albans v Chelmsford 15:00

Wimbledon v Horsham 14:00

Investec Conference North

Brooklands Poynton v Whitley Bay & Tynemouth 11:45

Doncaster v Loughborough Students 12:00

Stourport v Ben Rhydding 12:00

Univ of Durham v Kendal 12:00

Wakefield v Boots 13:30

Investec Conference West

Barnes v Bristol Firebrands 12:00

Gloucester City v Trojans 12:00

Isca v Exe 12:30

Slough v Oxford Hawks 13:00

Swansea City v Buckingham 12:00