Hockey: Teddington look to plug leaks

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Jon Royce, the highly successful England Under-21 coach who has been absent from the Teddington side since September's World Junior Cup in Milton Keynes, returns tomorrow to a side which shipped 13 goals in two games last weekend.

Teddington, last season's Cup winners and League runners-up, have been struggling since their opening win against Barford Tigers in which Paul Way scored a hat-trick. Way will be missing tomorrow, but their new signing, England's Under 21 captain Brett Garrard, will be making his first appearance for the club at Guildford and is certain to shore up the defence.

The Welsh international Tony Colclough will still be missing but there is a good chance that the Australian defender Simon Hawkins, who was injured against Hounslow last Saturday, will be fit to return.

Beeston and Doncaster, the newly promoted Premier clubs, are still struggling. Beeston's trip to Chigwell to face Old Loughtonians will be handicapped by the absence of two of their players, Andrew West and Phillip Sully, who are with the England Under-18 squad in the Netherlands.

Yet another South African, Ryan Shrives, has arrived in this country and is expected to line-up in the Old Boys squad against Beeston. Doncaster entertain East Grinstead in an equally tough assignment.