Saxons on cusp of title glory

South Saxons Hockey Club's men's first team is 70 minutes away from clinching the league title.

Friday, 1st April 2016, 4:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 9:58 pm
Olli Beal wheels away in celebration after scoring in South Saxons' last game against Brighton & Hove III. Picture by Simon Newstead (SUS-160321-175209002)

A victory for Saxons in their final match of the season at home to ninth-placed East Grinstead III tomorrow (Saturday) will secure top spot in Sussex Open Hockey League Division One.

Saxons captain Jamie Busbridge said: “We’re really happy to be in this position and hopefully we can see it through on Saturday.”

The Hastings club has an identical win-draw-loss record as second-placed Southwick, but Saxons lead the way by virtue of a vastly superior goal difference.

Saxons were 7-1 winners in December’s reverse fixture against East Grinstead and are set to field a strong 13-man squad for the return match tomorrow including Harry Reece, who is back from university.

“They’re not a terrible side and we played really well that day,” added Busbridge, who admitted he would rather have played the game last weekend to avoid a two-week gap between matches. “Hopefully we can reproduce that on Saturday.”

Push-back at Horntye Park is 1.30pm.

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