Hockey: Singh can provide insight on Tigers

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NOTTINGHAM, WHO won the National Cup final in 1976 and went on to represent England in Europe, have yet to play in the National League and will be bitterly disappointed at dropping their first points of the season in a 2-2 draw with Leek in the DTZ Midland Premier last Saturday. However, they are still one point ahead of second placed Olton and West Warwick.

Nottingham bounced back on Sunday to beat Crostyx 6-5 in a penalty shoot- out after a 3-3 draw in the EHA Cup and have been rewarded with an attractive away tie against Barford Tigers in the fifth round.

They go into the game with the advantage of insider knowledge - Dharminder Singh, Barford's leading goalscorer for many years, joined Nottingham from the Division One club during the close season.

Sheffield dropped points in a 2-2 draw with lowly Hull in the North Premier, but in the Cup on Sunday accounted for National League side Stourport, with Martin Smyllie scoring twice in a 4-3 victory. They now look forward to a home tie against Guildford.

Northampton Saints, the only other non-EHL side left in the Cup, followed up their 2-1 win against Shrewsbury on Saturday by knocking Richmond out of the Cup with two goals from Alex Gittin. They face a hard away game at Canterbury in the next round.

Beckenham, leaders in the South Premier, hold a three point lead over Purley Walcountians following their 4-1 win against Wimbledon with goals from Simon Evans (2), Andy Holmes and Graham Butler.

In the West of England and South Wales Premier, Bath Buccaneers' 3-0 win at home to Bristol maintained their top spot, while in the East, Ipswich are now five points clear of the field.