Hockey: Pearn back to reinforce Reading

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Reading have a testing weekend ahead as the Premier League stages back-to-back fixtures to allow for postponements when England go to Cairo at the end of the month.

The defending champions, who started the season with an emphatic victory over newly promoted Doncaster, visit Canterbury this afternoon and entertain Old Loughtonians tomorrow.

They welcome back the New Zealander Karl Sanders and the England international Mark Pearn, who was rested last week after playing in the World Junior Cup.

Reading have registered the Canadian international Tobin Seagal, while Old Loughtonians, who hope to have their captain, Ian Morrison, back following a hand injury, have also turned to the Maple Leaf with the signings of John Mackinon and Glen Prebble.

Teddington will be coming home to the pitch they used for their home games last season when they visit Hounslow this afternoon. They play Southgate away at their new ground at Trent Park on Sunday.