Saxons surge up to second

South Saxons Hockey Club moved up to second place courtesy of a victory double at the weekend.

Saxons crushed Crowborough 11-0 at Horntye Park Sports Complex on Saturday before winning 7-3 away to Middleton & Bognor on Sunday.

The results put them ahead of Lewes III on goal difference with four games remaining in the race to secure a promotion play-off place in South Hockey League Sussex Area - Division One.

Man of the match Jamie Busbridge scored five in the first game, Dave Draper netted a hat-trick, and there was one each for Dan Burnett, Paddy Cornish and Alex Coombs.

Draper bagged another treble in the second fixture, while man of the match Burnett, Busbridge, Cornish and first team debutant Matt Morris picked up one apiece.

Full reports on both games and reaction will appear in Friday’s Hastings Observer.

Standings (played-points): 1 Lewes II 18-51, 2 SOUTH SAXONS 18-41, 3 Lewes III 18-41, 4 Penguin 18-36, 5 East Grinstead IV 17-31, 6 Brighton & Hove III 19-27, 7 Middleton & Bognor 19-20, 8 Southwick 19-20, 9 Worthing III 19-14, 10 Eastbourne III 18-14, 11 Crowborough 19-13, 12 Crawley II 18-11.