South Saxons remain in title contention following an 8-0 win at home to Crawley II on Saturday.
But they didn’t get the favour they were hoping for from elsewhere as fourth-placed Penguin were thumped 9-1 at home to leaders Horsham II, who stay four points clear.
After a frustrating 20 minutes before opening the scoring, Saxons found themselves two-up at half time through George Eldridge and Will Orr, pictured.
Second half goals from Alex Coombs, Toby Reed, Dan Burnett, Jamie Busbridge, Gavin Cload and captain Paddy Cornish completed a one-sided South Hockey League Sussex Area - Division One fixture.
A full report will appear in Friday’s Hastings Observer.
Standings (played 18 matches unless stated): 1 Horsham II 48pts, 2 SOUTH SAXONS 44, 3 Lewes III 34, 4 Penguin 33, 5 Brighton & Hove III 29, 6 Eastbourne II 28, 7 Hailsham 27, 8 Crowborough (17) 22, 9 Middleton & Bognor (17) 18, 10 Crawley (19) 16, 11 Southwick 13, 12 East Grinstead IV (17) 0.