Hockey: Cannock look to maintain start

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Of the three clubs at the top of the men's Premier Division with 100-per-cent records, the leaders Cannock have the toughest game when they visit Canterbury tomorrow.

Of the three clubs at the top of the men's Premier Division with 100-per-cent records, the leaders Cannock have the toughest game when they visit Canterbury tomorrow.

Second-placed Loughborough Students visit Teddington who, even if new signing Jason Nation is fit to make his debut, is unlikely to stop the Students' successful start to the season. Likewise, Reading are favourites for their visit to bottom club St Albans, who have yet to score a point this season.

Southgate are another club to take advantage of the Kolpak agreement to add foreign players to their ranks. South Africa's Olympic goalkeeper, Chris Hibbert, has been granted a work permit which has allowed the north London club to sign the Pakistan international, Ali Ghazanfar, and the South African, Bruce Jacobs. However, they will not be available for tomorrow's visit to Bath Buccaneers. Some clubs are now asking to reduce the number of players not holding a European Union passport from two to one.

There are unlikely to be any major shocks in the Women's EH Cup as a result of tomorrow's second games although at least six non-League teams will progress to the next round.

A minor upset could come at Slough, with the visit of Second Division Woking who include Australia's captain Nikki Hudson in their squad.

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