Hockey: End of a perfect record: Unbeaten sides come face to face

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READING and Surbiton, the only teams with maximum points, meet at Sonning Lane tomorrow in one of the day's top First Division National League games.

In their last league encounter at Surbiton three years ago the game ended in a 3-3 draw with Paddy Osborn converting three penalty corners for the visitors and David Francis slotting home all Surbiton's goals. Under this season's rolling substitution rule both are certain to be brought on for set-pieces, even if they do not start.

Reading's strong midfield, in which Wayne Graham, South Africa's captain, has been prominent, is likely to win the day.

Southgate and Hounslow, favourites to win the league who both suffered surprising defeats last weekend, meet at Broomfield School. Both expect to be at full strength although Southgate's Rupert Welch will have a late test on a groin injury.

Ian Jennings, Guildford's player-coach who was so influential in their promotion last season, misses the visit of Canterbury after a back operation and is not expected to return until the new year.

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