Surbiton Ladies, currently fourth in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division, take on Canterbury, who are not only second but have yet to concede a goal after three league matches this season at 3.30 pm.
Surbiton started the season with 1-1 draws at home to East Grinstead and away to Bowdon Hightown before beating Buckingham 5-0 last Saturday.
Canterbury also started with a goalless draw at Holcombe, but have found their goalscoring form over the last two games with a 4-0 at Clifton and a 5-0 home win over Reading.
Jen Wilson is their leading goalscorer with three goals, closely followed by Anna Kolàrovà, who joined the club from the Czech Hockey Federation, on two goals.
Susannah Townsend has also scored two goals, with Dirkie Chamberlain and Kirsten Greaves, Canterbury’s other goalscorers.
Surbiton have beaten Canterbury in the Premier Division Championships final over the last two years and Canterbury will be eager to take the first steps towards winning the league and qualifying for Europe as England’s top ranked team.
Surbiton and Canterbury will both be at Bilthoven next May in the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup.
At 6 pm, it is the turn of Surbiton’s men to take on a Canterbury team still looking for their first league point of the season.
Canterbury won the Promotion Tournament last season to preserve their top flight status, having finished ninth in last season’s Premier Division table.
Last season’s encounter was a nine goal thriller with Surbiton coming out on top 5-4 as Canterbury battled hard.
Canterbury once more find themselves in ninth place, above East Grinstead on goal difference.
Surbiton are current joint leaders with Holcombe, and face a Canterbury team which started with a 7-2 loss at Holcombe.
This was followed by two home defeats to Reading (2-4) and Hampstead & Westminster (1-2).
Craig Boyne is Canterbury’s leading goalscorer with two goals, with Wei Adams, James Oates and Harry Roberts all having scored once each.
Surbiton, who will be aiming for their fourth league win in a row, started the season with a 7-0 home win over East Grinstead, then won 6-4 at Brooklands Manchester University before another away win, 3-2 at Beeston, last Saturday evening.
Alan Forsyth, Surbiton’s leading goalscorer, with eight goals was this week added to Great Britain’s centralised squad as a reward for his blistering form since joining Surbiton.
After the men’s game, supporters can watch England’s must-win Rugby World Cup match with Australia in the clubhouse during the first social event of the season.