Hockey: Knapp's Old Boys hoping to knock out Cannock

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Two non-National League clubs will be striving tomorrow to be the first to reach the semi-finals of the EHA Cup. Chichester, from the ESL South Premier, entertain Division One's Stourport while Old Cranleighans, from the South League, are at home to Premier National League leaders Cannock as Cup fever strikes the Surrey club.

David Knapp, the Old Boys' player-coach, is one of four former internationals in the line-up to face Cannock but Knapp says the Regional League game against Blandford today has priority.

Cannock also have a crucial League game, at Southgate this afternoon. Knapp said: "We know we are the underdogs by a long, long chalk but we have been training hard, done our homework and are confident. We know we can't give any quarter. However we have our game plan and with a huge slice of luck, who knows?"

The fellow Welsh internationals Jon Rees and Mark Smith and the England Olympian Don Williams, will be in the Old Boys' line-up.

In Orense, Spain, England began the defence of their European Indoor title with a 3-1 win over Slovakia. Scotland, in the same Pool, overcame a two-goal deficit to draw with Lithuania.

In Sydney, England won the second match of their tour against an Australian Senior Youth side.

- Bill Colwill

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