South Saxons Hockey Club’s men’s first team is in confident mood ahead of a top-of-the-table clash.
Sussex Open Hockey League Division One leaders Saxons will entertain second-placed Penguin on Saturday. Push-back at Horntye Park is 1.30pm.
Saxons captain Jamie Busbridge said: “We’re confident being at home that we can win and put a nice gap between us. If we win it’s another step closer, but there’s still a fair way to go.
“It’s always a tough one, but Penguins away from home is a different prospect to when we play them at home. In the past we’ve run out fairly comfortable at home.”
The teams have contested a pair of 2-2 draws this season - one in the reverse fixture and another in last month’s Sussex Plate semi-final, which Penguin eventually won on penalties.
“That was frustrating, but we were missing a few players so I think it will be a very different game and we’ve got a bit more fitness under our belt now after Christmas,” added Busbridge.
Saxons will welcome back Paddy Cornish, Jon Meredith and Toby Reed, all of whom missed last weekend’s comfortable 7-1 win away to bottom side Worthing II, as well as Harry Reece from university.
“We’re getting people back now,” said Busbridge. “Jon Meredith has been a big miss in midfield. One thing we’re working on is a plan B for Saturday if we need it - an alternative formation which we may be able to switch to if things aren’t working.”
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