Hockey: Dancer's winter warmers

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Barry Dancer, England's new coach, arrived from Australia yesterday and headed straight to the shops for a pair of long johns.

Dancer will take his first England training session on Monday at Lilleshall after watching Premier League games today and tomorrow with the intention of adding to his World Cup squad.

The coach is expected at Teddington today for the game against East Grinstead in which several of the squad will feature. Dancer, however, may be more interested in Jason Laslett, Great Britain's Olympic captain, who has resisted the temptation to return to international hockey.

Also in the Teddington line-up, with an early opportunity to play their way into Dancer's squad, will be Nick Conway, James Wallis, Danny Haydon and Phil McGuire.

It is an important weekend for Beeston, the Premier newcomers who take on fellow-strugglers Doncaster this afternoon and Barford Tigers tomorrow.

"It's taken us a few months to get to grips with the rather rarefied atmosphere of the Premier," Graham Griffiths, the Beeston manager, said. "We are privileged to be in such an exclusive club and we intend to keep our membership."