Saxons hit nine to go top

South Saxons' man of the match Dan Burnett
South Saxons' man of the match Dan Burnett

South Saxons have gone top of the South Hockey League Sussex Area - Division One table.

Their 9-2 victory away to bottom club Horsham III on Saturday, coupled with the 2-1 defeat suffered by previous pacesetters Brighton & Hove III to Mid-Sussex II, has put Saxons a point clear of second-placed Eastbourne II.

Saxons’ win wasn’t quite as one-sided as the score might suggest. The first half was fairly close and it was only after a strong start to the second period that the visitors began to run away with it.

Jamie Busbridge capped a decent display with a hat-trick, while Cornish bagged a brace and had an effort brilliantly cleared off the line during the first half after rounding the goalkeeper.

George Eldridge also scored two, one of which was a penalty flick and the other was a good finish after dribbling his way through.

Alex Coombs got on the scoresheet by cutting in from the right-hand side and firing across the goalkeeper. Will Orr scored the other goal with a nice little lift over the goalkeeper, but Saxons could have had more.

Man of the match was Dan Burnett. See Friday’s Hastings Observer for a full report and reaction.

Standings (played 15 matches unless stated): 1 SOUTH SAXONS 32pts, 2 Eastbourne II 31, 3 Brighton & Hove III 31, 4 Mid-Sussex II (14) 28, 5 Crowborough 26, 6 Crawley II (14) 21, 7 Worthing II (14) 20, 8 Lewes III 19, 9 Penguin 18, 10 Hailsham (14) 13, 11 Middleton & Bognor 12, 12 Horsham III 4.