Surbiton Men, fresh from clinching their first ever first place finish in the Premier Division at the end of the regular season, make the short trip to face last year’s top team, Wimbledon on Saturday (push back 2 pm).
The match will take place at King’s College School, Kingsway, KT3 6JB. Admission will be £3.
Surbiton began the season with a 3-1 home win over Wimbledon on the opening night of the season.
Wimbledon have recovered well after a disappointing start to the season virtually ended their hopes of finishing top of the table again. They started with three successive defeats, losing 1-0 at Hampstead & Westminster and 2-0 at home to Holcombe to drop to bottom of the table, before their first win of the season, 5-2 at home to Sevenoaks lifted them up to seventh.
Since 27 October, when they lost 1-0 at Reading, Wimbledon have remained eighth, until last week when a fifth successive win took them up to seventh and within mathematical possibility of reaching the playoffs.
Following the defeat at Reading, a 2-2 draw at home to Beeston preceded a run of three defeats: 4-3 at East Grinstead; 5-2 at home to Brooklands Manchester University and 2-1 at Holcombe before they ended 2018 with a 3-1 win at the University of Exeter in a match rescheduled due to Wimbledon’s participation in the Euro Hockey League.
2019 began in disappointing fashion with a 1-0 home defeat by Hampstead and a 3-2 defeat at Brooklands, but since then, Wimbledon have won five games in a row, keeping clean sheets.
Reading were beaten 3-0; Sevenoaks 6-0; the University of Exeter 4-0; East Grinstead 1-0 and Beeston 3-0 to close within two points of the fourth playoff place but needing results to go their way to complete an unlikely comeback.
Ed Horler is Wimbledon’s top scorer with 14 goals with Chad Conlon second on five. The remaining seventeen goals have been shared between 11 players with no shortage of potential goalscorers, but nobody really on hand to support Horler and Conlon.
Second placed Hampstead travel to Brooklands; third placed Beeston are Sevenoaks’ final visitors before they play in Division One next season and East Grinstead will be hoping to fight off Holcombe as they host the University of Exeter.
Holcombe visit Reading on a day when all matches start at 2 pm.