Mens 1's - Match centre

South Saxons 1
Sutton Valence 1
Sat 25 Feb TBC - South Hockey League - Kent/Sussex 2

Saxons give Sutton Valence the battle of their season.

Report from Gavin Cload. Saxons played host to second placed Sutton Valance at the weekend in a fiery encounter that was in stark contrast to the cold weather conditions.

Saxons started they game slowly under heavy pressure form the Sutton attack. However, they quickly responded by grabbing an early breakaway attack resulting in a penalty corner Acott's assist was deflected neatly past the keeper by Busbridge. The visitors responded with a goal of their own from a Penalty corner drag flicked into the bottom left of the goal.

This didn’t deter the home side who again took the lead after a neatly deflected pass by Busbridge found Beale who finished with style.

Sutton Valence responded with another attack and levelled the score at 2-2 going into the break.

2017-02-28 South Saxons Mens 1st XI v Sutton Valence Mens 1st XI (Picture Courtesy of Hastings Observer)
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After the half time break the game continued at a frantic pace which required good hold up play from Meredith to keep possession.

Unfortunately though the visitors scored a further two goals

Towards the end of the game Saxons broke through the visitors defence with Beal grabbing himself a further two goals one of which was a reverse stick hit scored from an almost impossible angle.

The game was settled though after a slap hit from outside the D, during a short corner, was allowed to stand by the umpire. Man of the match was Gavin Cload for his good defensive work including a goal line clearance after the keeper was already beaten. Final score Saxons 4 Sutton Valance 5.

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Brighton & Hove 2 22 55
2. Old Williamsonians 1 21 42
3. Sutton Valence 1 17 39
4. South Saxons 1 22 34
5. Kings & Alleyns 1 17 27
6. Canterbury Pilgrims 18 25
7. BBHC 1 18 21

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