We are well into the thick of the action now across the Vitality Women’s Hockey Leagues, with leaders beginning to emerge in each division and the intensity starting to ramp up.
There’s plenty to play for in the Premier Division this weekend, with Loughborough Students aiming to get their campaign up and running, Hampstead & Westminster seeking another win and those close behind hoping to make ground on the leaders.
Click here to see a full list of fixtures set to take place across the country this weekend.
Please note – unless stated, all games will take place on Saturday 16 October.
Loughborough Students will want to secure their first points of the season when they host Holcombe in the Vitality Women’s Premier Division this weekend.
Having sat third in the standings before the 2020/21 season was cancelled, Loughborough suffered two defeats in their only games in the league so far this year.
However, they have won both of their previous two Premier Division matches against Holcombe and will be aiming for a third success in a row to get off the mark.
Yet to drop a point so far this season, Hampstead & Westminster travel to Buckingham aiming to make it five wins from five. They face a tough task though against an opponent who also haven’t tasted defeat in the league this season, with one win and three draws to their name so far.
Clifton Robinsons travel to Swansea hoping to repeat the 3-0 victory they earned away against the Welsh side last season. Swansea have proved a tough nut to crack in their opening games though and will believe they can secure a maiden Premier Division victory.
Currently third in the table, Wimbledon could move above East Grinstead – who receive a bye for this weekend – by beating Beeston, while Surbiton will be hoping to move themselves back into the top four by recording a win over the University of Birmingham.
- Buckingham v Hampstead & Westminster – 12:00
- Swansea v Clifton Robinsons – 12:00
- Loughborough Students v Holcombe – 14:00
- Wimbledon v Beeston – 14:00
- University of Birmingham v Surbiton – 14:30
DIVISION ONE NORTH
It’s been a stunning start to the season for University of Nottingham as they’ve registered maximum points from their opening three games, scoring 19 goals along the way. They face a tough test in Division One North this weekend though as they host Gloucester City, a side they lost 1-0 to last season.
Bowdon Hightown have been in similarly imperious form and will be looking for a fourth successive win when they visit Leicester City, while University of Durham could remain firmly on their heels if they beat Olton & West Warwicks.
Stourport will want to avenge last weekend’s heavy defeat to Bowdon when they face Ben Rhydding, while Belper will try to secure their first points of the season in the day’s early game against Brooklands Poynton.
- Brooklands Poynton v Belper – 11:45
- Olton & West Warwicks v University of Durham – 12:00
- University of Nottingham v Gloucester City – 12:00
- Stourport v Ben Rhydding – 14:00
- Leicester City v Bowdon Hightown – 15:30
DIVISION ONE SOUTH
There are two eye-catching games in Division One South this weekend, with the teams currently first (Reading) and third (Surbiton 2s) in the table meeting at the same time that second-placed Reading host Cambridge City, who are fourth.
Having seen a gap open up ahead of them in the table after the first three rounds, Harleston Magpies could close back up to the top four by beating Isca, with Slough also hoping to regain group in the fight for promotion against Trojans.
The day’s other game sees Canterbury host Wimbledon 2s, both teams still searching for their first win of the season.
- Trojans v Slough – 12:00
- Harleston Magpies v Isca – 13:30
- Reading v Cambridge City – 13:30
- Surbiton 2s v Sevenoaks – 13:30
- Canterbury v Wimbledon 2s – 14:00