Saxons on cusp of title glory

Olli Beal wheels away in celebration after scoring in South Saxons' last game against Brighton & Hove III. Picture by Simon Newstead (SUS-160321-175209002)
Olli Beal wheels away in celebration after scoring in South Saxons' last game against Brighton & Hove III. Picture by Simon Newstead (SUS-160321-175209002)
  • South Saxons on brink of winning league title
  • Victory in final game at home to East Grinstead III tomorrow will secure top spot
  • Saxons lead second-placed Southwick on goal difference
  • Saxons won 7-1 against ninth-placed Grinstead in reverse fixture
  • Reece added to strong 13-man squad
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South Saxons Hockey Club’s men’s first team is 70 minutes away from clinching the league title.

A victory for Saxons in their final match of the season at home to ninth-placed East Grinstead III tomorrow (Saturday) will secure top spot in Sussex Open Hockey League Division One.

We’re really happy to be in this position and hopefully we can see it through on Saturday.

Jamie Busbridge

Saxons captain Jamie Busbridge said: “We’re really happy to be in this position and hopefully we can see it through on Saturday.”

The Hastings club has an identical win-draw-loss record as second-placed Southwick, but Saxons lead the way by virtue of a vastly superior goal difference.

Saxons were 7-1 winners in December’s reverse fixture against East Grinstead and are set to field a strong 13-man squad for the return match tomorrow including Harry Reece, who is back from university.

“They’re not a terrible side and we played really well that day,” added Busbridge, who admitted he would rather have played the game last weekend to avoid a two-week gap between matches. “Hopefully we can reproduce that on Saturday.”

Push-back at Horntye Park is 1.30pm.

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