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Investec Women’s Hockey League previews: September 20th, 2014

After their emphatic 5-1 win on the opening day of the season, Canterbury will be aiming to maintain their good start to the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division when they head to second-placed Holcombe on Saturday evening.

Canterbury beat Beeston last weekend, but face Kent rivals Holcombe just a week after they overcame Bowdon Hightown 3-0.

New to the Premier Division this term, Holcombe won the Investec Conference East last season, and Holcombe Captain Leigh Maasdorp said:

“We’re looking forward to Canterbury – It’ll be a really good game and it could go either way. We’re respectful of them, but we want to win.

For us every game is an unknown at this level so we don’t prepare any differently for Canterbury than anyone else. We’ve got almost a full team to pick from, with just Lucy Wood a doubt (hip).

Starting at 6pm does make the day a bit longer because you’re waiting for the game, but for the club and the crowd it makes it a great occasion.”

Elsewhere, last season’s Champions Surbiton go to the University of Bimingham in search of their first win – and their first goal – following a tight 0-0 draw with rivals Reading last weekend.

Third last season after they beat Clifton 6-0 in the Finals weekend, Reading entertain them again on Saturday in the league.

Leicester head to Buckingham with both sides in search of their first win, while Bowdon Hightown are at home against Beeston. Both sides suffered bruising defeats last weekend and will want to get back on track.

In the Investec Women’s Conference West, the top two in the early table face each other, with Bristol Firebrands heading to Swansea City.

Firebrands beat former Premier Division outfit Olton & West Warwicks 4-0 last weekend, while Swansea City are second by virtue of their 3-0 win over Stourport.

Relegated from the Premier Division last season, Sutton Coldfield will be aiming to build on their emphatic 7-1 opening day victory in the Investec Conference North when they head to Whitley Bay and Tynemouth.

And in the Investec Conference East, early leaders East Grinstead host Chelmsford, with Wimbledon facing Harleston Magpies in search of a second win of the season.

* Lauren Osborn, Holcombe v Bowdon, Sept 13 2014, credit Peter Savage.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, September 20 2014)

Investec Premier Division

Bowdon Hightown v Beeston 13:45

Buckingham v Leicester 12:00

Holcombe v Canterbury 18:00

Reading v Clifton 13:30

Univ of Birmingham v Surbiton 12:30

Investec Conference West

Cheltenham v Trojans 12:30

Gloucester City v Isca 12:00

Olton & West Warwicks v Oxford Hawks 12:00

Slough v Stourport 12:30

Swansea City v Bristol Firebrands 12:00

Investec Conference North

Ben Rhydding v Wakefield 13:30

Cannock v Univ of Durham 14:00

Kendal v Liverpool Sefton 12:30

Loughborough Students v Brooklands Poynton 12:30

Whitley Bay & Tynemouth v Sutton Coldfield 12:30

Investec Conference East

East Grinstead v Chelmsford 13:30

Harleston Magpies v Wimbledon 14:00

Horsham v Ipswich 14:00

Sevenoaks v Bedford 13:30

St Albans v Maidenhead 13:00

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