Saxons wrap up title glory

Dan Burnett tussles with the Crawley II goalkeeper and a defender during South Saxons' league-clinching victory on Saturday. Picture by Tony Coombes Photography (eh15602d)
Dan Burnett tussles with the Crawley II goalkeeper and a defender during South Saxons' league-clinching victory on Saturday. Picture by Tony Coombes Photography (eh15602d)
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South Saxons sealed the South Hockey League Sussex Area - Division One title on Saturday with a 5-1 win at home to Crawley II on Saturday.

A Jamie Busbridge brace put Saxons on their way, but mid-table Crawley pulled one back to allow the nerves to resurface. George Eldridge’s goal on the stroke of half time changed the mood, however, before his second and an Alex Coombs strike made the game safe in the second half.

The win means Saxons cannot be caught with just one game to play, and that they maintain their 100 per cent winning record at home this season.

“The game was tighter than we anticipated to be honest,” said Cornish. “But maybe that was down to our shakiness as much as anything. It’s tough when you know how much a win will mean. There are a lot of happy faces at the club though now.”

Saxons: Wedmore, Reed, Cload, Ford, Coombs, Bunday, Eldridge, Stainsby, Burnett, Cornish, Orr, Busbridge, Whitehouse.

For a full report, pictures and reaction, see Friday’s Hastings Observer.

Standings (played-points): 1 SOUTH SAXONS 21-50, 2 Brighton & Hove III 22-49, 3 Crowborough 21-41, 4 Eastbourne II 22-41, 5 Mid-Sussex II 21-38, 6 Crawley II 22-31, 7 Worthing II 21-27, 8 Hailsham 22-26, 9 Lewes III 22-26, 10 Penguin 22-19, 11 Middleton & Bognor 22-19, 12 Horsham III 22-10.