Horsham ‘defeated’ by the rain for crucial clash

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Horsham captain James Johnson said they were beaten by the weather on Saturday with their Premier Division clash being cancelled after their covers were ‘defeated’.

They were set to host Preston Nomads at Cricketfield Road, but the heavy rain on Friday night saturated the wicket and made it unplayable.

Both teams took ten points - denting Nomads’ title hopes and all-but ending Horsham’s faint chances, despite still having to play Roffey and East Grinstead.

Johnson said: “To be honest, I don’t know what happened. I turned up expecting to play, the covers were off and two of our players were looking at the pitch lost for words.

“I spoke to the groundsman very briefly and I don’t think the covers did their job and were defeated. It did rain heavily over the previous evening and I was a bit surprised to see all the other games on.

“We were defeated by the rain basically and I am not really sure how it happened, but it was a disappointment not to play.”

Following the success of bringing Matt Bidlake into the side a couple of weeks ago, Horsham will look to blood a few more youngsters now. Johnson added: “We’ll take every game as it comes each weekend and hopefully get the results.”

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