MHL WEST PREVIEW today's top second round games

mens hockey league Today is another top day for England Men’s Hockey League fans as it’s the second round of the new season – and one game stands out like a beacon.

Defending champions Team Bath Buccaneers visit Olton & West Warwicks.

Both sides won their opening EHL games 4-2 and today’s clash in Solihull promises to give an early indication if Olton & West Warwicks will challenge Bath Buccs for the MHL West title this term.

Despite taking the lead through a 19th minute Harry Skinner penalty corner, Buccs trailed 2-1 to Fareham after 39 minutes  in Bath.

Sam Anderson levelled on 45 minutes, and Peter Scott made it 3-2 two minutes later.

Adam Croutear fired Buccs further ahead from another successful penalty corner routine on 55 minutes as Bath began their title defence with a big win.

Skinner’s former club, Isca were beaten 4-2 at home by Olton & West Warwicks despite an opening Liam Wakfield goal on 23 minutes and Tom Brooks 58th minute goal from open play.

University of Exeter got off to a flying start with a best of the day 4-1 win at University of Birmingham.

Duncan Scott opened Exeter’s account after 15 minutes and Conor Caplan’s successful 19th minute penalty corner put the greens in control.

Tom Watson chipped in with a third Exeter goal on 46 minutes and Ed Matts completed their flying start from a 58th minute penalty corner.

Today at 12.30 University of Exeter host Cheltenham, fresh from their 2-1 win over newly promoted Clifton Robinsons.

Ben Stone converted Jon Tew’s fourth minute cross to get Robbies off to a flyer at Cheltenham College but the home side levelled through Ellis Robson on 17 minutes before Ben Mackey’s 53rd penalty corner winner.

Robbies player coach Matt Plimmer admits: “We probably didn’t do enough to win the game but a point would have been fair in a tough away fixture.

“The real disappointment for us was not converting pressure into penalty corners and opportunities were few and far between in a tight, tactical game.”

Nevertheless Robbies were able to include eight debutants – including last season’s Bath Buccs top scorer Stone – as well as enabling 12 players to make their national league bows.

Today the Bristol blues host perennial championship chasers Cardiff & Met at Coombe Dingle (1300).

Isca face a tough away day at Fareham (1.30).

DATE FOR YOUR HOCKEY DIARY University of Exeter will host Isca in the Exeter hockey derby on Saturday October 14 under lights (0630).

Plimmer urges Robbies to enjoy EHL experience

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.