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Vitality Women’s Hockey League (23 October)

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Premier Division

It will be a local derby to savour on Saturday night when Surbiton and Wimbledon, third and second in the league respectively, meet for the first time in their history.

The Vitality Women’s Premier Division clash will be played under the lights at Sugden Road, with both clubs looking to keep up the pressure on Hampstead & Westminster.

The two sides had previously come close to meeting in 2008/09 when Wimbledon were relegated to South Division 2 and missed Surbiton, who were promoted to Division 1 before immediately moving into the top flight.

On Saturday, unbeaten Surbiton host a Wimbledon side with the tightest defence in the league, leaking just four goals in as many matches so far.

League leaders Hampstead & Westminster are at home to second bottom Holcombe and aiming for a sixth straight win to cement their status as England’s form club.

With games in hand, fourth-placed East Grinstead will aim to make hay on Swansea, who have yet to register a win this season.

Meanwhile, University of Birmingham and Beeston will both be looking to stem losing runs when the two sides meet. Birmingham have lost their last two and Beeston three in a row.

Clifton Robinsons and Loughborough Students, who meet in Bristol, both won last weekend to kickstart their seasons. Buckingham, in fifth place, have a weekend off.

  • East Grinstead v Swansea – 13:30
  • Clifton Robinsons v Loughborough Students – 14:00
  • Hampstead & Westminster v Holcombe – 14:00
  • University of Birmingham v Beeston – 14:30
  • Surbiton v Wimbledon – 18:30

Division One North

University of Nottingham have enjoyed a stunning start to the season and will look to make it five in a row when they host mid-table Leicester City.

Second-placed Bowdon Hightown, also with a 100%, head to Brooklands Poynton, while third-placed University of Durham are on the road at bottom side Belper.

Elsewhere, Gloucester City and Ben Rhydding meet each other and Stourport host Olton & West Warwicks.

  • Brooklands Poynton v Bowdon Hightown – 11:45
  • University of Nottingham – Leicester City – 12:00
  • Gloucester City v Ben Rhydding – 13:00
  • Belper v University of Durham – 14:00
  • Stourport v Olton & West Warwicks – 18:00

Division One South

The top two push back against each other on Saturday afternoon when leaders Sevenoaks host Reading, both unbeaten so far this season.

Third and fourth will also face each other when Cambridge City entertain Surbiton 2s.

Meanwhile, Isca host Trojans, old rivals Slough and Canterbury meet in Berkshire and Wimbledon 2s host Harleston Magpies.

  • Cambridge City v Surbiton 2s – 12:30
  • Slough v Canterbury – 12:30
  • Sevenoaks v Reading – 13:30
  • Wimbledon 2s v Harleston Magpies – 14:00
  • Isca v Trojans – TBC

Conference East

London Wayfarers, who remain top, travel to Horsham on Saturday as they look to maintain their fine start to life in the Conference East.

Both teams have only shipped three goals between them from their four matches and expect this one to be equally tight.

Second-placed Southgate host Hampstead & Westminster, Barnes meet Chelmsford at Dukes Meadow while East London travel to Bromley & Beckenham. The bottom two clubs, Canterbury 2s and Ipswich, also meet.

  • Barnes v Chelmsford – 12:00
  • Bromley & Beckenham v East London – 12:30
  • Horsham v London Wayfarers – 13:30
  • Canterbury 2s v Ipswich
  • Southgate v Hampstead & Westminster 2s

Conference Midlands

In-form Sutton Coldfield travel to Loughborough Students 2s on Saturday as the only unbeaten side left in the division.

The league leaders have a three-point cushion on three clubs, including second-placed St Albans who travel to Beeston 2s.

Meanwhile, Khalsa Leamington travel to Broxbourne in a battle of the bottom two, Oxford University host Cannock and Bedford travel to University of Birmingham 2s.

  • Oxford University v Cannock
  • University of Birmingham 2s v Bedford
  • Broxbourne v Khalsa Leamington
  • Beeston 2s v St Albans
  • Loughborough Students 2s v Sutton Coldfield

Conference North

Timperley, the only team with an unblemished record in the Conference leagues, aim to keep their form intact on the road at University of Durham 2s.

Fylde, in second, are also away at Leeds, while third and fourth face off when Doncaster host Didsbury Northern.

Meanwhile, Wakefield host Alderley Edge and Neston entertain Pendle Forest.

  • Doncaster v Didsbury Northern – 12:00
  • University of Durham 2s v Timperley – 13:00
  • Neston v Pendle Forest – 13:30
  • Leeds v Fylde – 14:30
  • Wakefield v Alderley Edge – 15:30

Conference West

League leaders Bristol Firebrands host Clifton Robinsons 2s in a local derby on Saturday lunchtime.

Second-placed Witney will aim to close the gap at the top when the Oxfordshire side play at home to bottom team University of Bristol.

Elsewhere, Cheltenham host Basingstoke, Penarth are away at Exe and Team Bath Buccs entertain Oxford Hawks.

  • Bristol Firebrands v Clifton Robinsons 2s – 12:00
  • Team Bath Buccs v Oxford Hawks – 12:30
  • Witney v University of Bristol – 12:30
  • Exe v Penarth – 13:00
  • Cheltenham v Basingstoke – 14:00

With thanks to England Hockey