South Saxons’ hopes of Sussex Plate glory were ended by a golden goal.
The Hastings hockey club lost 2-1 to Penguin in the final at Lewes HC on Sunday after conceding five minutes into a sudden death period of extra-time.
The first half on a pitch made wet by heavy pre-match rain ended goalless before Penguin, who finished third in South Hockey League Sussex Area - Division One, took the lead 15 minutes from time.
South Hockey League Sussex Area - Division One runners-up Saxons levelled through a George Eldridge strike 10 minutes later only for Penguin to nab victory when a mishit shot bobbled over George Deaves and into the goal.
Man of the match for Saxons was Alex Coombs. A full report will appear in Friday’s Hastings Observer.
Saxons (3-5-2): Deaves; Ford, Reed, Watters; Cload, Burnett, Coombs, Eldridge, Cornish; Busbridge, Towers. Subs: Bunday, Rogers, Whitehouse.