Confident Old Boys

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Hockey

BILL COLWILL

Old Loughtonians welcome back their English internationals, Matt Sutton and Chris Gladman, for their visit to last season's National League champions Teddington today.

The Old Boys, currently in second place, know they must win to stay in touch with Reading, romping away at the top and expected to take the points tomorrow at home to Guildford.

Billy McPherson, the Old Boys' former Scottish National coach, said yesterday: "We are improving every week and with our first-ever League defeat of Hounslow last week we are very confident." Julian Halls, recovering from a hernia operation, is still missing.

Teddington will be giving late fitness tests to two of their internationals, Phil McGuire (back) and Simon Nicklin (ankle), but will have another, Peter Gibbons, in their line-up after having been left out last week for missing training. The winger Jon Hauck is on holiday.

Another English international sidelined tomorrow will be Hounslow's goalkeeper, Jason Barrow, who has a hairline ankle fracture and will be out for several weeks. His place against Hull, looking for their first points and goals, goes to Adam Lewis who started the season as third choice.

Southgate are expected to include Peter Rowan, their new signing from Queensland, in the home game against Indian Gymkhana.

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