The top two face off in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday, with second-placed Slough travelling to Surbiton.
Both teams, along with East Grinstead, currently have ten points and with three other teams within three points of them, the top flight is shaping up to be a closely fought contest.
“Things are going pretty well for us at the moment but we’re not getting ahead of ourselves at this stage,” said Slough captain Kat McGonigle.
“Our target at the start of the season was to finish higher than eighth last season and that’s still the aim. We didn’t expect our match with Surbiton to be a top of the table clash! We’re looking forward to the game. We’re playing some good hockey, but they’re obviously a decent side.”
Elsewhere third-placed East Grinstead head to the University of Birmingham, while Clifton Robinsons and Holcombe – who are fourth and fifth in the table – face each other at Coombe Dingle.
Canterbury head to Leicester as they continue their bid for a first victory of the season, while Bowdon Hightown are hosting Buckingham.
The top two also meet in the Investec Women’s Conference West, with leaders Trojans travelling to second-placed Reading.
Stourport head to Oxford Hawks as they bid to keep pace with the top two, while the bottom two meet with Cannock at home against Team Bath Buccaneers.
Leaders Hampstead and Westminster will be aiming to maintain their perfect start to the league season when they go to Cambridge City in the Investec Conference East, while Sevenoaks are similarly on a 100% record and go to Bedford in search of victory number six.
Beeston host Liverpool Sefton as they go for a sixth consecutive win in the Investec Conference North, while second-placed Sutton Coldfield go to Ben Rhydding.
* The lead photo shows Slough goalkeeper Asha Tranquille-Day.
Saturday, October 28 2017
Investec Women’s Hockey League
Univ of Birmingham v East Grinstead 12:30
Clifton Robinsons v Holcombe 13:00
Bowdon Hightown v Buckingham 13:45
Leicester v Canterbury 14:00
Surbiton v Slough 14:00
Investec Conference North
Brooklands Poynton v Wakefield 12:00
Loughborough Students v Timperley 12:30
Ben Rhydding v Sutton Coldfield 13:30
Fylde v Univ of Durham 13:30
Beeston v Liverpool Sefton 14:00
Investec Conference East
St Albans v Barnes 13:00
Chelmsford v Southgate 14:00
Harleston Magpies v Wimbledon 14:00
Bedford v Sevenoaks 14:30
Cambridge City v Hampstead & Westminster 15:30
Investec Conference West
Olton & West Warwicks v Swansea 12:00
Oxford Hawks v Stourport 12:00
Cannock v Team Bath Buccaneers 12:30
Gloucester City v Isca 12:30
Reading v Trojans 16:30
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