Leaders, Surbiton Men visit third placed Holcombe on Sunday afternoon for another key match at the top of the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division (push back 2 pm).
The match will be played at Holcombe Park, Curtis Way, Chatham, Rochester and Holcombe recommend that the postcode ME1 2XQ is used for SatNavs.
The match will see the division’s two top scorers, Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth with twelve and Holcombe’s Nick Bandurak with eleven face each other with the teams separated by just one point, although Hampstead & Westminster are second. Surbiton will also come up against the joint meanest defence with Holcombe and Hampstead & Westminster each having conceded just four goals in their first seven league matches. A fortnight ago the teams fought out a goalless draw at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
Holcombe started the season in blistering form, following up a 3-1 win at Brooklands Manchester University with a 6-0 home win over Sevenoaks and a 5-0 home win over Reading. A third consecutive clean sheet was kept in a 2-0 win at Wimbledon before East Grinstead inflicted a surprise home defeat with a 1-0 scoreline.
The goalless draw at Hampstead meant that Holcombe’s forwards were kept at bay for a second successive match and the University of Exeter, having earned their only point in a 1-1 draw at Sugden Road came close to stealing a point at Holcombe Park, going down 3-2.
Holcombe’s other scorers are Robert Field (3 goals), Dan Webster (2) and Alistair Bray, Tom O’Keeffe and Harry Trusler (1 each).
Surbiton faced the other mean defence last Saturday, drawing 2-2 at Sugden Road against Hampstead & Westminster.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Hampstead, trailing Surbiton on goal difference host Brooklands Manchester University. Beeston are at home to Reading, East Grinstead have an intriguing home game with Wimbledon and the University of Exeter have a must win home match against Sevenoaks.