AFTER being crowned champions in the Men’s Maxifuel Super Sixes Championship last month, East Grinstead are aiming to transfer their good form into the outdoor league, starting on Sunday.
The Sussex side travel to Brooklands Manchester University in the Premier Division, and will be aiming to kick-start the second half of the season with a victory and climb up the table.
They are currently fifth in the division after suffering from injuries and unavailability, but manager Matt Jones remains optimistic: “We’re still looking to win the Championship, there’s no question about that.
“We’re only two points away from a play-off spot, and once we’re in there anything can happen. As long as we’re in the hunt you should never write us off.”
Their indoor side was boosted by the signing of Czech national team goalkeeper Filip Neusser, and they have boosted their outdoor squad this week with the capture of Surbiton captain Tim Deakin.
But they are still missing GB Olympic ace Ashley Jackson who is playing in India, while injury still rules out his fellow GB Olympian Iain Lewers (knee) as well as Mark Gleghorne (shoulder) and Luke Taylor (knee).
Elsewhere, leaders Beeston entertain Hampstead and Westminster and will be looking to keep their superb pre-Christmas run going, putting behind them last weekend’s cup defeat to the same opponents.
Second-placed Canterbury go to Loughborough Students, while Cannock visit Reading in the hope of closing the gap on the top two. Meanwhile, Surbiton play host to Southgate.
In the Conference East, leaders Holcombe are at home against Cambridge City, while second-placed Wimbledon go to Richmond.
Bowdon are top of the Conference North, and they entertain Wakefield, while Sheffield Hallam will be aiming to overtake them when they go to Khalsa (Warks).
And in the Conference West Cardiff & UWIC will be aiming to maintain top spot with a match at the University of Birmingham, while Guildford could overtake them with victory over Cheltenham.
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Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, February 10 2013)
Beeston v Hampstead & Westminster 14:00
Brooklands MU v East Grinstead 14:00
Loughborough Students v Canterbury 14:00
Reading v Cannock 14:00
Surbiton v Southgate 14:00
City of Peterborough v Old Loughtonians 13:00
Richmond v Wimbledon 13:30
Holcombe v Cambridge City 14:00
Indian Gymkhana v Oxted 14:00
Teddington v Bromley & Beckenham 14:00
Olton & West Warwicks v Preston 13:30
Bowdon v Wakefield 14:00
Doncaster v Univ of Durham 14:00
Leek v Belper 14:00
Khalsa (Warks) v Sheffield Hallam 14:30
Guildford v Cheltenham 12:00
Univ of Birmingham v Cardiff & UWIC 12:30
Univ of Exeter v Fareham 12:30
Team Bath Buccaneers v Havant 13:00
Whitchurch v Bristol Firebrands 13:00