Hockey: Havant's teenage goalkeeper faces threat from both sides

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Phil Austen-Jones, Havant's 19-year-old goalkeeper, faces a double threat this afternoon which he might not have expected as the Hampshire side entertain Blueharts, seeking to maintain their unbeaten record and second place in the First Division of the National League. Sitting on the bench will be Havant's new signing, the Canadian international goalkeeper Tobin Seagal while the Blueharts attack will be led by Paul Krishman.

Krishman, the former England international, was given a yellow card on 1 November which, as he left the field, was converted to a red card, which carries an immediate and mandatory suspension of a minimum of 16 days. There is no right of appeal.

It emerged yesterday that the umpire, Bob Matson, had considered his ultimate decision too harsh and asked to rescind the red card.

This is contrary to the English Hockey Association's regulations for the enforcement of discipline though it appears it was agreed to by the Association.

In a double-header weekend of League today and fourth-round EHA Cup tomorrow, the Premier League leaders, Cannock, visit third-placed East Grinstead while second-placed Southgate visit the bottom club Guildford who have signed the Canadian Tim Lown.

Hounslow, with home fixtures against Doncaster this afternoon and Surbiton in the Cup tomorrow, welcome back their captain and Owen Jones after injury.