Surbiton Men, the only unbeaten team in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division are at home to third placed Beeston on Saturday in the second half of a men’s and women’s doubleheader at Sugden Road (push back 6 pm).

Admission covering both games is £5.

Hampstead and Westminster finally lost their unbeaten record in a 5-3 defeat at East Grinstead, ending a run of twelve regular season games without defeat going back to last season. The loss also enabled Surbiton to stretch their lead to three points, having held off their London rival on nominal goal difference.

Surbiton conclude their 2018 league fixtures against Beeston, six points off the top, who lost 5-3 in Nottingham last month

The victory took Surbiton to the top of the MHL Premier. After winning four of their first five league games, Beeston went three games without a win, starting with the Surbiton match before they won 1-0 at home to Holcombe last week.

A 4-0 home win over Sevenoaks was followed up by a 3-1 win at East Grinstead. A 2-1 defeat at Hampstead proved to be a temporary setback, as a 3-0 home win at the University of Exeter and a 3-2 win at Brooklands Manchester University kept them in contention. After the 5-3 home defeat to Surbiton, Beeston drew 2-2 at Wimbledon and 1-1 at home to Reading before getting back to winning ways against Holcombe.

Elliot Hibell, a two goal scorer against Surbiton, is Beeston’s leading goalscorer with six goals. Chris Proctor, Nick Park and Richard Lawrence have each scored twice with Henry Croft, Robbie Gleeson (another scorer against Surbiton), Joe Sharp, James Albery, Lucas Ward and Mark Gleghorne each finding the net once, proving that Beeston have a wide range of potential goalscorers.

Surbiton v Beeston is not the only game being played on Saturday evening, Sevenoaks are at home to East Grinstead.

On Sunday, Hampstead & Westminster are at home to the University of Exeter; Holcombe welcome Wimbledon to Kent and Brooklands Manchester University host Reading.

The following week (2 December), the University of Exeter are at home to Wimbledon in a match rearranged due to Wimbledon’s participation in the Euro Hockey League.