League is ours to lose, says Beeston Hockey captain Adam Dixon
BEESTON are getting ready for Super Sunday – and captain Adam Dixon says the Premier Division title is theirs to lose.
The Bees are ten points clear at the top of the league, having won ten of 12 games this season.
And their next home game is against third-placed Loughborough Students on Sunday, February 24 (2pm).
The club are hoping for a record Premier Division attendance at Highfields for the crunch derby clash and Dixon has his eyes firmly set on lifting the title trophy in April.
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Beeston have already beaten Loughborough 5-3 away in the league and Dixon said: "We've got a great outdoor squad and I think the league is ours to lose because we're in such a strong position.
"We're at the top and we've got a nice cushion.
"We just have to make sure we go about everything professionally and we have got a great management and coaching set-up that will help us to do that."
The Bees could also still complete an historic double this season because they have reached the last 16 in the Euro Hockey League.
But it will be hard for them to win in Europe for the first time because they face their big domestic rivals East Grinstead – and if they beat them they will play Dutch giants HC Bloemendaal in the last-eight.
"We've built up a bit of rivalry with East Grinstead over the years," added Dixon.
"We've had many big games against them; first losing and then beating them in the league play-offs.
"It's been back and forth, back and forth, so it's going to be a great game.
"If all goes well and we win that, we are potentially coming up against Bloemendaal.
"They have won the European competition countless times and are awash with international players.
"We have got quite a few as well so it would be almost like an international game, which is what the European stuff is all about.
"We've got a great squad so hopefully we can go out there and do well.
"We've been in it for a few seasons now and we have kind of gone one step further every year.
"We've probably got the best squad we have ever built, with the depth of international talent we have got in there.
"There is no reason why we can't stamp ourselves on the European map."
Tickets for the Loughborough game are priced £4 for adults, £2 for students and free for under-18s. Parking is free.
Families are welcome and there will be a free bouncy castle for children, as well as food and drinks and a bar serving real ales supplied by the Castle Rock Brewery.
There is also a warm-up match between Beeston and Loughborough Students 2nd in the Midlands Challenge League (noon).