South Saxons hockey teams, men and ladies, moved closer to a potential double promotion with excellent victories last Saturday. The men overcame Gillingham Anchorians 4-2 at Horntye to record their tenth successive league win in Kent/Sussex Division 2. The ladies, unbeaten all season, recorded their thirteenth victory in 14 games with a comfortable 5-0 scoreline against Brighton & Hove to extend their lead at the top of the Sussex Division 1 table. If this is to be the club’s final season at Horntye, it could turn out to be a fine swansong.

A glance at the men’s league table shows that there is a three-way tussle for the two promotion spots. Saxons have played a game more than their rivals, Ashford and Marden Russets, and need one of them to drop points in at least one match of the run-in while they continue to achieve the maximum. Goal difference is also against them. On the other hand, none of their remaining four fixtures are against teams in the top half of the table. The battle should go to the wire.

For the ladies it’s rather plainer sailing. With a six-point advantage over nearest challengers Eastbourne and a further ten-point cushion over third-placed Crowborough, promotion back to the Premier League is virtually assured. The principal focus in remaining matches will surely be on retaining their unbeaten record through the whole season. Eastbourne come to Horntye on 2 March; that should be an exhilarating contest.

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