Hockey: Southgate Field Reserves in Cup

By Colwill, Bill | The Independent (London, England), October 24, 1998 | Go to article overview
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Hockey: Southgate Field Reserves in Cup


Colwill, Bill, The Independent (London, England)


SOUTHGATE'S RECENT recruitment policy, no doubt aided by their splendid new facilities and the announcement that a regional hockey academy is to be established at the club, has provided an embarrassment of players. So much so that the club have decided to field their reserve squad in this year's EHA Cup competition.

With a place in Europe at stake for the winners this is a somewhat surprising move. A club spokesman commented yesterday: "Unless we do this, it will be impossible to give our large 30 man first-team squad match experience." Unlike football, there is no requirement to field the strongest side available.

Hounslow's manager, Paul King, expressed his disappointment at Southgate's decision. "It is devaluing the competition. And it was for this very reason that during the summer clubs opposed the proposal to provide both European entries from the League. They might change their mind if drawn against Cannock in their first game. But, in any case, once the smell of Europe gets a bit closer I feel sure they will change their policy." Southgate could have another difficult hurdle to jump if they go ahead with their intention of signing Kwan Browne, the exciting captain of Trinidad and Tobago.

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