South Saxons Hockey Club ended a run of three straight defeats with a dominant home victory on Saturday.
Saxons struck three times in the first half and added four more after the break to record their second Sussex Open Hockey League Division One win of the season with a 7-1 success against a youthful Lewes third XI.
Deploying a new 3-4-3 formation with vice-captain James Bunday at the helm in Jamie Busbridge’s absence, Saxons took an early lead through Alex Coombs following a nice move.
A sensational solo effort from Harry Reece soon followed to put Saxons 2-0 up, which seemed to restore the confidence throughout the side that had been missing in recent weeks.
A flurry of goals then flew in from Ollie Beal, Lighthouse man of the match Tudor Stainsby and Danny Burnett, putting the Hastings club into a commanding 5-0 lead.
A disheartened Lewes team managed to pull a goal back, but Coombs slotted another two past the away goalkeeper late on to complete his hat-trick.
The result moved Saxons up a couple of places to eighth with a goal difference bettered only by unbeaten leaders Crowborough.
Saxons: Barden, Cload, Reed, Buss, Burnett, Coombs, J. Meredith, C. Meredith, Reece, Bunday, Stainsby, Beal.