Surbiton Men welcome Hampstead and Westminster to Sugden Road for an important London derby on Saturday night (push back 6 pm).
And with Surbiton Ladies scheduled to play Buckingham immediately beforehand in another top of the table clash, the £5 admission fee promises to be value for money.
Surbiton Men last took on Hampstead in a rollercoaster Men’s Hockey League Championship Final which saw Surbiton lead 2-0 before Hampstead fought back to lead 3-2, Surbiton levelling late to force a shootout. Surbiton won the shootout 3-2 only after sudden death.
The second league match was just as exciting, Surbiton leading 4-2 with four minutes to play only for Hampstead to score three late goals to win 5-4 at Paddington Rec
It was Surbiton’s turn to come from behind in the first league match in October 2017, Hampstead leading 1-0 before Surbiton won 2-1 at Sugden Road
After all the excitement of the 2017-18 season, 2018-19 seems to be on course for more thrills after Surbiton took over the leadership of the MHL Premier Division last weekend with a 5-3 win at Beeston whilst Hampstead drew 0-0 with Holcombe at Lee Valley.
The two results leave Surbiton with just a superior goal difference advantage over their London rivals with both teams locked on 16 points after six games.
Hampstead won their first five games, 2-1 at Reading; 1-0 at home to Wimbledon and 2-1 at home to Beeston. Visits to Sevenoaks and the University of Exeter yielded a 2-0 and 5-0 win respectively before Holcombe ended the running win with the goalless draw.
Matt Guise-Brown is once more Hampstead’s major threat with four goals so far this season. Josh Kelly and Rupert Shipperley have both scored twice with Jonny Gooch, Anton Pohling, Toby Roche and Christopher Cargo also finding the net.
On Saturday, Sevenoaks are at home to Reading. On Sunday. Brooklands Manchester University, fresh from their win at the University of Exeter, host East Grinstead. Exeter visit Holcombe and Wimbledon have an intriguing clash at home to Beeston.