Hockey: Milam in no mood to make changes: Gordon back for Hounslow

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READING have announced an unchanged squad for the PizzaExpress First Division fixture against Teddington this afternoon, despite their 5-1 defeat at the hands of Hounslow last week.

Ted Milam, the Reading manager, was far from despondent with the result against Hounslow. 'They are a good all-round side that play for 70 minutes,' he said.

'I was very pleased with a number of our younger players, in particular Alan Hodson at centre-back and, from Reading University, Rupert Wood, a very speedy winger. There will be no panic changes.' The Berkshire side are unlikely, however, to collect their first points at Teddington.

Hounslow, the champions, include Nick Gordon, who has been in the United States on business, in their squad for the home match against Trojans. Hounslow's defence is likely to be less generous than Bromley's, who Trojans beat 3-0 last week.

Two sides expected to make a strong challenge for Hounslow's crown have interesting games. Havant are at home to Indian Gymkhana, who have a number of new faces in their line-up, including the Indian internationals, Sukhit Cheema and Hardeep Grewal.

Old Loughtonians, after their 7-0 victory over Welton, will provide a stern test for East Grinstead, who are expected to be without their injured captain, Phil Wallis, at least until Christmas. Southgate, runners- up last season, visit Bournville, at Birmingham University, with a full-strength side for the day's televised game.

In the Second Division, the meeting between the newcomers Oxford University and relegated Surbiton will be watched with interest following the students' impressive six-goal start against Harborne last week.