South Saxons maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 4-1 win at Hailsham on Saturday.
Their third victory in four South Hockey League Sussex Area - Division One matches keeps Saxons second in the table.
Saxons captain Paddy Cornish said: “We made hard work of it to be honest. We could’ve easily got six or seven goals, but we’ll take a win over there.”
Dave Draper scored a first half hat-trick as Saxons led 3-1 at the break. Alex Coombs completed the scoring in the second half for a Saxons side whose player of the match was Toby Reed.
Saxons: Deaves, Reed, Watters, Rogers, Cornish, Burnett, Callaghan, Busbridge, Coombs, Draper, Bunday, Cload.
Standings (all played four matches): 1 Horsham II 12pts, 2 SOUTH SAXONS 10, 3 Lewes III 9, 4 Brighton & Hove III 7, 5 Southwick 6, 6 Penguin 6, 7 Crowborough 6, 8 Hailsham 4, 9 Crawley II 4, 10 Middleton & Bognor 3, 11 Eastbourne II 3, 12 East Grinstead IV 0.
A full report will appear in Friday’s Hastings Observer.