Forwards find rhythm as Hough hits a hat-trick against unbeaten Winchester

Hockey, South Premier Division 2: Horsham v Winchester at Broadbridge Heath. Pic Steve Robards SR1526506 SUS-151130-114810001
Hockey, South Premier Division 2: Horsham v Winchester at Broadbridge Heath. Pic Steve Robards SR1526506 SUS-151130-114810001
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Horsham’s forwards finally found their rhythm as they crashed five past previously unbeaten Winchester - including a Matt Hough hat-trick.

The attackers had been threatening goals for some weeks and everything finally clicked on Saturday when they overcame the South Premier Division 2 second-placed side 5-2.

Hockey, South Premier Division 2: Horsham v Winchester at Broadbridge Heath. Pic Steve Robards SR1526527 SUS-151130-114951001

Hockey, South Premier Division 2: Horsham v Winchester at Broadbridge Heath. Pic Steve Robards SR1526527 SUS-151130-114951001

They have now taken 10 points from a possible 12 in November.

After some even exchanges over the first ten minutes, Horsham took control and the visitors seemed uncomfortable at not being able to dominate.

Their frustration led to sticks flying in the danger zone and twice John Burroughs won short corners which Hough coolly converted.

Turning round with a 2-0 lead, the Horsham defence then stood firm in the face of a Winchester onslaught as home keeper Andy Isaacs looked untroubled to make a couple of fine saves.

Burroughs won another short corner and then converted himself from short range following a goalmouth melee.

Horsham were on top all over the park and top scorer Jack Dean twice turned provider, firstly with a clever cross putting Hough in for his hat-trick.

The final goal was truly spectacular, Isaacs booting the ball 80 metres clean over the opposition defence to find Dean alone in space. He had only the keeper to beat but took no chances and selflessly slipped a pass to put Cirdec Atkinson on the scoresheet.

Winchester scored a consolation goal right at the very death, but a more serious consequence of their final attack was an injury to player-coach Dom Male.

Team manager Al Campbell revealed: “Dom has a fractured thumb, had ten stitches in his hand and will miss the last two games before Christmas.

“‘We also lose skipper Duncan Hill for arthroscopy on his knee, but on excellent performances from younger players like Noah Chinn, cousins Dan and Joe Humphreys and Ollie Yeomans we have good prospects away at Oxford Hawks this coming weekend.”

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