Saxons close in on play-off

Paddy Cornish
Paddy Cornish

South Saxons go into the final game of their league campaign knowing that victory will secure a promotion play-off spot.

Saxons will clinch second place in South Hockey League Sussex Area - Division One - and with it a showdown against Kent runners-up Tunbridge Wells on April 9 - if they win away to East Grinstead IV on Saturday.

Pete Watters’ side will go into the game full of confidence on the back of a 7-1 victory at home to Middleton & Bognor last weekend.

Goals from Dave Draper and Toby Reed put Saxons two-up at half time, although M&B pulled one back in the second half, further strikes from man of the match Paddy Cornish, Gavin Cload, Sam Bunday and Draper (2) sealed victory.

Saxons captain Pete Watters said: “They’re a tough side, they make you work for everything and they just don’t give in so it’s always good to beat them.”

Saxons: Deaves, Watters, Reed, Ford, Bunday, Cornish, Burnett, Eldridge, Cload, Busbridge, Draper, Morris.

Standings (played-points): 1 Lewes II 21-60, 2 Lewes III 22-50, 3 SOUTH SAXONS 21-47, 4 Penguin 21-43, 5 East Grinstead IV 21-34, 6 Brighton & Hove III 22-32, 7 Middleton & Bognor 22-23, 8 Southwick 22-23, 9 Crawley II 21-17, 10 Crowborough 22-16, 11 Worthing III 22-15, 12 Eastbourne III 21-14.

A full report and preview will appear in Friday’s Hastings Observer.