Surbiton Ladies, the only team in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division with maximum points after their first two matches, visit East Grinstead on Saturday afternoon (push back 4 pm).
East Grinstead have had mixed fortunes so far this season, losing 2-1 at Buckingham on the opening day of the season before beating newly promoted Beeston by the same scoreline last weekend.
The West Sussex club have former Surbiton player Sophie Bray back in their squad after a spell in the Netherlands with Kampong and the move has paid dividends so far with Bray having scored in both games.
Surbiton are yet to concede a goal in the league, having signed New Zealand’s number two goalkeeper, Grace O’Hanlon. A 4-0 win at Slough and a 1-0 home win over Clifton Robinsons has seen Surbiton open up a two point lead over their nearest rivals.
This will be the seventh league meeting between the teams with East Grinstead seeking their first victory over Surbiton since they were promoted to the Premier Division at the end of the 2014-15 season. By a quirk of fate, the first three league games at Saint Hill have all ended 2-0 to Surbiton, whilst at Sugden Road, East Grinstead earned a point in 1-1 draws on their first two visits, only for Surbiton to win last season’s match 3-1.
Last season’s match at Saint Hill saw Holly Payne make her debut in the 2-0 win.
Elsewhere, Holcombe visit Clifton Robinsons with third playing fourth as the University of Birmingham entertain Buckingham.
Slough, currently bottom of the table after losing both their opening games will be hoping to break their duck at Canterbury and newly promoted Beeston, who came so close to beating Birmingham on opening day, make the trip to Bowdon Hightown with the intention of trying to pull away from the bottom of the table.