Surbiton Men visit Hampstead and Westminster on Sunday (push back 1.30 pm) for a key top of the table clash in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.
The match will be played at Paddington Recreation Ground, Randolph Avenue, London W9 1PD.
The nearest underground station is Maida Vale, but please note that anybody travelling via South Western Railway between Surbiton and London Waterloo may be affected by engineering works between Clapham Junction and Waterloo.
This match has been eagerly anticipated as both teams have been locked together for most of the season, having been finalists in the playoffs last season.
When the teams met at Sugden Road in November, the match resulted in a 2-2 draw
Last season’s match at Paddington Recreation Ground saw Hampstead win 5-4 but Surbiton went on to defend their league title with a shootout win
Hampstead suffered only their second league defeat of the season last Sunday, 1-0 at Beeston, allowing Surbiton to go to Paddington Rec with a three point lead. Their other defeat came at East Grinstead where they lost 5-3 in November.
Hampstead won their first five league games: 2-1 at Reading; 1-0 at home to Wimbledon; 2-1 at home to Beeston; 2-0 at Sevenoaks and 5-0 at the University of Exeter to go top on 20 October.
A 0-0 draw with Holcombe at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre saw them drop to second where they have stayed ever since, either three points behind Surbiton or just goal difference. After the 2-2 draw at Surbiton, they beat Brooklands Manchester University 5-4 at home, before losing at East Grinstead.
Hampstead then won five games in a row: 2-0 at home to Exeter; 1-0 at Wimbledon; 3-0 at home to Reading; 8-1 at home to Sevenoaks and 7-2 at Holcombe before the run came to an end at Beeston.
Surbiton and Hampstead have been the top two teams this season and Beeston were finally ruled out of a first place finish as Surbiton beat Brooklands 7-1 last Saturday night.
Hampstead have scored 43 goals in the league this season, with Matt Guise Brown scoring 12 of his 13 from penalty corners. Former Surbiton player, Rupert Shipperley is next on seven with Sam French and Chris Cargo on four.
Josh Kelly is on three with captain, Toby Roche; Jonny Gooch and Richard Smith each on two.
The remaining six goals are shared among six players, meaning Hampstead have had 14 goalscorers this season.
On Saturday night, Wimbledon beat East Grinstead 1-0 to extend their league run to four successive wins. Holcombe can replace East Grinstead in fourth place with a win at the University of Exeter on Sunday afternoon.
Sevenoaks make the long trip to Brooklands Manchester University in an effort to stave off automatic relegation. Third place Beeston travel to Reading.