Cannock can celebrate virtually retaining the English Hockey League title along with Christmas, even though the final Premier division matches will not be played until May.
They rounded off the first half of the league programme on Saturday with an 100 per cent record after 13 matches, and are 11 points ahead of their nearest rivals Reading.
Andy West scored a hat-trick in their 4-1 defeat of Surbiton. Andy Langlands scored the fourth goal to take him to joint top of the division's leading scorers table on 13 goals and to record his side's 60th goal of the league season.
Five matches remain when the Premier division resumes in May  after the Commonwealth Games and World Cup qualifiers  and Cannock are unlikely to drop many points as four of the matches are against sides in the lower half of the table. ..SUPL: