Holcombe head to Beeston with revenge in mind

Ollie Willars celebrates his goal against Holcombe last week in the cup. Photo c/o Phil Kielthy

Premier Division leaders Holcombe crashed out of the Men’s Cup last weekend as Beeston beat them on penalties – but they will get an immediate chance of revenge when they travel back to Nottingham to face the Bees in the Men’s Hockey League on Sunday.

After suffering a heavy loss to Surbiton last Saturday, Beeston responded in dramatic fashion with the defeat of Holcombe. But having lost just one league match so far this season, the Kent side will be keen to take the win.

“We could’ve won the cup match in the last five minutes,” said Holcombe president and first team manager Keith Martin. “We had the chances so we were disappointed not to win in normal time, and equally disappointed not to win on penalties.

“We played a few people out of position in the cup game to mix things up a bit, and Jonty Robinson was unavailable for us. It was a game we wanted to win, but the league is more important for us.

“I don’t think this Sunday’s game will be as open for either team. We will go up there with a full strength team, and aim to come away with another win.”

Other top flight action sees last season’s champions Wimbledon entertain a Canterbury side who secured their first points of the season last weekend.

Surbiton – who moved up to fourth on the back of an emphatic win over Beeston last weekend – are at home against Brooklands MU.

Hampstead and Westminster leap-frogged East Grinstead last weekend, but the team from Saint Hill have an immediate chance to take back fifth spot when they host Hampstead on Sunday.

Finally, Reading are at home against bottom of the table Loughborough Students who are still searching for their first points of the season.

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