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JPMT. Mid Sussex Colts (red) v Crawley Colts
JPMT. Mid Sussex Colts (red) v Crawley Colts

Haywards Heath-based clubs sit at the top of all five Sussex hockey leagues! Mid Sussex teams top leagues 1, 4 and 5, and St Francis head divisions 2 and 3.

This is probably the first time that has ever happened and it is a great time for Mid Sussex in particular.

All four men’s teams won again last weekend and the 1st XI remain in promotion-winning second place in Kent/Sussex Division 2.

Another hard-fought skirmish saw the 3rds squeak home 4-3 against a good Littlehampton side.

They started well against nine men, and making the extra numbers count with a double strike from R Manger, who harried and fought all afternoon.

But the oppo were unfazed and with three good quality players and a strong keeper, they were soon back in the hunt to go in at half time trailing only 2-1.

After the break MoM Holness set up Maynard and then Collins from short corners but in between those goals Littlehampton struck twice to get themselves level.

But Mids are a different proposition these days and showed great character to claim a satisfying win that kept them top.

Mentions in despatches go to Gow, R Manger, Hands, Cocks and Trigwell.

Mid Sussex 4ths continued there impressive form with the 9-0 demolition of Worthing.

They started strongly and raced into an early 3-0 lead before adding another goal before the break.

Mids added more goals in the second half, Canfield, Shaw, Liddell, Divall and Tyers all getting on the scoresheet.

The club’s Colts drew 2-2 with Worthing in appalling conditions late in the day on Saturday.

Mid had the majority of the play and felt unlucky not to have won. They produced a high speed game and utilised the space their good passing created.

Nathan Tyler and Dominic Hillier scored the goals.

Burgess Hill 2nds played hosts to Horsham on Saturday and in pouring rain added to the visitors’ misery by beating them 6-0.

Youngsters Ciara Branagan and Sophia Davies (4 goals) were a dominating duo in the middle and with strong play from the whole team, it meant captain and goalkeeper Viv Medway had a quiet afternoon.

Solid defending by Deb Wheatland and Wendy Howell prevented any advances from Horsham and helped keep Hill in third place.