Form sides clash in the NOW: Pensions men’s hockey league

[img_assist|nid=8648|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=40]Three consecutive victories have seen Wimbledon climb to fifth in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division, and they could make it to fourth with another win – but unbeaten Beeston stand in their way this Sunday.

The newly-promoted side have taken many by surprise, and at the halfway stage of the season they have lost just four of their nine matches.

They lost out 3-1 to Beeston on the opening day of the season after taking an early lead, but can they take anything from Sunday’s match?

“We’re really looking forward to playing Beeston again,” said Wimbledon player/coach Ben Marsden. “We’ve been enjoying a good run of form and have won the last three matches so who knows how we will do. We will just do the best we can and see what comes of it.

“We came out of the blocks well in the first match against them and actually led 2-1 at half time. We took a lot of heart from that. We will train hard this week and go there to do our best and enjoy the experience.”

Hamstring injuries to Ben Hawes and Jonny Kinder mean they are doubts for the Beeston match.

Elsewhere, the other newly-promoted team Sheffield Hallam face a tough home match against second-placed East Grinstead, while Reading head to Canterbury for a double header with their respective women’s teams.

Two teams battling for a top-four spot, Hampstead and Westminster and Surbiton meet at Paddington Rec, while Cannock play host to Loughborough Students.

In the NOW: Pensions Conference East, leaders Southgate head to third-placed Teddington, while Holcombe go to Cambridge in a 2nd v 4th battle.

Brooklands Manchester University are the new leaders of the NOW: Pensions Conference North, and they go to Wakefield on Sunday, while University of Durham could re-take top spot if they win at Olton and West Warwickshire.

And in the NOW: Pensions Conference West, Cardiff & Met could go top if they beat visitors Cheltenham. But Team Bath Buccaneers will preserve their lead if they win at Havant.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, November 24 2013):

NOW: Pensions Premier Division

Sheffield Hallam v East Grinstead 13:30

Hampstead & Westminster v Surbiton 14:00

Cannock v Loughborough Students 14:00

Beeston v Wimbledon 14:00

Canterbury v Reading 14:30

NOW: Pensions Conference East

Cambridge City v Holcombe 12:30

Oxted v St Albans 12:45

Teddington v Southgate 13:00

Brighton and Hove v Old Loughtonians 13:00

Bromley and Beckenham v Richmond 13:00

NOW: Pensions Conference North

Olton & West Warwicks v Univ of Durham 13:30

Leek v Deeside Ramblers 14:00

Wakefield v Brooklands MU 14:00

Bowdon v Belper 14:00

Khalsa (Warks) v West Bridgford 14:30

NOW: Pensions Conference West

Guildford v Univ of Exeter 12:00

Isca v Univ of Birmingham 12:30

Cardiff & Met v Cheltenham 13:00

Havant v Team Bath Buccaneers 14:00

Indian Gymkhana v Fareham 14:00