Saxons tackle top two clash

Action from South Saxons' second team game at home to Southwick firsts last weekend. Picture by Simon Newstead
Action from South Saxons' second team game at home to Southwick firsts last weekend. Picture by Simon Newstead

South Saxons host Brighton & Hove III tomorrow (Saturday) in a match which could go a long way to deciding where the South Hockey League Sussex Area - Division One title ends up.

Brighton returned to the top of the table last weekend having leapfrogged Saxons, whose game at Crowborough was postponed due to snow.

The cancelled fixture means Saxons will now be a game behind Brighton for a few weeks yet, with the game yet to be rearranged.

With available dates running out, there’s a possibility Saxons will be in action on consecutive days on the same weekend.

“Playing Saturday and Sunday wouldn’t be ideal,” said Saxons skipper Paddy Cornish. “But I’m not worrying about that yet.

“This Brighton game is the focus. It’s still the same story, as in a point is still a good result for us, and keeps our title aspirations in our own hands.”

Saxons were beaten 4-2 in November’s reverse fixture by a Brighton side which is now two points ahead of them having played an extra game. But the Hastings club has a 100 per cent home record this season.

Cornish is hoping to have Tudor Stainsby back in action following an illness which has kept him out for the last few weeks.