Dave Draper scored four goals in the first half as South Saxons won 7-2 away to Crawley II on Saturday.
The result took Saxons four points clear at the top of South Hockey League Sussex Area - Division One because second-placed Horsham II lost to third-placed Penguin.
Draper, pictured, converted a couple of short corners to put Saxons two-up inside 10 minutes. Paddy Cornish added a well-worked third before two more from Draper made it 5-0 at half time.
Although comfortable winners, Saxons lost their way during the second half as bickering crept into the away camp. Dan Burnett bagged a brace of goals and captain Cornish was man of the match.
A full report will appear in Friday’s Hastings Observer.
Saxons: Deaves, Reed, Watters, Rogers, Cornish, Burnett, Towers, Coombs, Draper, Bunday, Cload, Busbridge.
Standings (all played eight matches): 1 SOUTH SAXONS 22pts, 2 Horsham II 18, 3 Penguin 18, 4 Lewes III 15, 5 Brighton & Hove III 13, 6 Hailsham 13, 7 Crawley II 10, 8 Southwick 9, 9 Crowborough 9, 10 Eastbourne II 7, 11 Middleton & Bognor 7, 12 East Grinstead IV 0.