South Saxons kept their outside title hopes alive with a 4-1 win away to Crowborough on Saturday.
The result means Saxons remain four points behind South Hockey League Sussex Area - Division One leaders Horsham II with five matches to go.
Saxons captain Paddy Cornish said: “It was fairly comfortable. We never really looked like losing it once we got ahead. Second half we let ourselves go a little bit, but overall it was pretty good.”
Toby Reed opened the scoring and a Dan Burnett double put Saxons three-up at half time. Although Crowborough pulled one back, Jamie Busbridge restored the Hastings club’s three-goal cushion almost instantly.
Man of the match was Pete Watters, pictured. A full report will appear in Friday’s Hastings Observer.
Saxons: Deaves; Reed, Watters, Bunday; Cload, Burnett, Eldridge, Coombs; Towers, Busbridge, Orr. Subs: Cornish, Ford.
Standings (played 17 matches unless stated): 1 Horsham II 45pts, 2 SOUTH SAXONS 41, 3 Lewes III 34, 4 Penguin 33, 5 Hailsham 27, 6 Brighton & Hove III 26, 7 Eastbourne II 25, 8 Crowborough (16) 19, 9 Crawley II (18) 16, 10 Middleton & Bognor (16) 15, 11 Southwick 13, 12 East Grinstead IV (16) 0.