Hockey: Grinstead look west

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ANDY BARNES, East Grinstead's coach, is not dismayed when looking back at the 4-0 National League defeat his side suffered at the hands of champions Hounslow as he prepares for tomorrow's Royal Bank of Scotland HA Cup semi-final away to the west London club.

'They had a superb day against us in the league and we failed to compete,' Barnes said, 'but if we can't get motivated for a semi-final after a disappointing league season we don't deserve to win.'

If Grinstead lose it could be the last game for Robert Clift, Great Britain's Olympic captain in Barcelona, who is departing shortly to Hong Kong for two years. Clift will team up in midfield with another former GB captain, Richard Leman, and the Dutchman, Bram van Asselt, with Jason Lee returning from injury to lead the attack.

Hounslow's manager, Keith Rowe, confirmed that his squad will be at full strength with no injury problems.

The second semi-final pits Reading at home to Teddington and is to be played next Sunday.

Hounslow (probable): J Barrow; M Williamson, P Bolland, S Hobson, S Hazlitt (capt); D Hacker, J Potter, J Rees; N Gordon, R Thompson, R Crutchley.

East Grinstead: D Luckes; P Wallis, B Barnes, R Organ (capt), D Mullins; B van Asselt, R Clift, R Leman; S Head, J Lees, M Bhatti.

Umpires: K Roper (NCHUA) and N Lockhart (WCHUA).