Saxons homing in on second place

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South Saxons can move into second place with victory in their first match for seven weeks on Saturday.

Currently fourth in South Hockey League Sussex Area - Division One, Saxons will host third-placed Lewes III knowing that a win will take them above second-placed Penguin, who are fixtureless.

A runners-up finish - the best Saxons can realistically hope for with unbeaten leaders Lewes II marching off into the distance - would net a promotion play-off against the equivalent-placed team in the Kent division.

Captain Pete Watters said: “Three points on Saturday sets us up for a nice second half of the season. We’re at home so I think we should be okay.”

Saxons haven’t played since their 8-2 thrashing of Crowborough on November 20. Their last four matches have been postponed, three due to the bad weather and the other following the death of a player from the opposing club.

Watters added: “I think we’ve got the stronger side in most positions and if we play to our abilities, we’ll win comfortably. If we don’t play to our abilities, I still think we’ll have a good chance.”

The full article will appear in tomorrow’s Hastings Observer.