Hockey: Southgate set their sights on top spot: Hounslow under pressure as rivals return to full strength

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SOUTHGATE, looking to revive their glory days of the late Seventies when they were three times European champions, will be looking for comfortable victories at St Albans this afternoon and at Canterbury tomorrow, which could see them back at the top of the PizzaExpress National League and still with a game in hand over the current leaders, Hounslow.

John Shaw, the Southgate and England captain, said yesterday: 'We have had extra training during the week and with the return of Soma Singh from international duty we will be at full strength.'

Hounslow welcome back Bob Crutchley from his England indoor goalscoring achievements for their fifth-round cup game this afternoon away to East Grinstead and for tomorrow's League game at Bromley. Havant will have Don Williams back from England duty for their Cup game at Bromley today and home League fixture against Bournville tomorrow.

They have doubts about their other England player, Peter Nail, who spent a good part of last weekend's tournament in Bonn on the sidelines following a foot injury suffered in Havant's game with Hounslow the previous week. Today's other delayed Cup game should see Old Loughtonians moving into the quarter-finals at the Bournville's expense.

At Crystal Palace today and tomorrow, Hightown, England's representatives in Europe in a couple of weeks' time, will be defending their national title in the women's indoor competition.