Bogey boys BBHC end Horsham promotion hopes again

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BOGEY boys BBHC proved a thorn in the side of Horsham men’s firsts again on Saturday.

Hosts Horsham, still missing several players, failed to capitalise on a strong start to get drawn into a scrappy contest which they lost 5-3 to taste further disappointment against their London visitors.

“They beat us last year and it was that defeat which pretty much saw us miss out on the play-offs,” skipper John Burroughs said. “We did beat them comfortably away earlier in the season and we were hoping for more of the same, unfortunately we weren’t very good.”

Burroughs side did though come flying out of the blocks, but a number of good saves from the BBHC keeper meant they had nothing to show for their dominance and midway through the first half the visitors took the lead thanks to some poor Horsham marking. Horsham did get back on level terms when Burroughs picked out Matt Hough at the top of the D and on the reverse he found the bottom corner.

BBHC though scored a short corner to lead 2-1 at the break, and Horsham’s cause wasn’t helped when both George Pettitt and Duncan Howarth were yellow carded in close proximity. Despite being down to nine men Horsham kept their visitors at bay until, back up to their 11 players they conceded again to trail 3-1.

With Horsham now chasing the game Matt Hough drag flicked into the top corner, but again BBHC found the target to restore their two-goal cushion. Ian Brown gave Horsham faint hope in the closing stages by firing home a short corner but BBHC made sure with a late fifth.

Burroughs said: “They play a very old school style of hockey, very physical and with men behind the ball and no doubt they set out to mess up our style of attacking hockey and to be fair to them it worked.”

The side stay fourth in the league but are now six points off second placed Sutton Valence and Burroughs added: “It’s fairly obvious now that unless something major happens that’s it for another season, it’s out of our control.

“The difference is 18 months ago we had 18 to 20 people turning up to training every week and everyone knew if you didn’t play well you’d be dropped. Now, because of the amount of injuries we’ve had there is not that competition for places and the frustration is coming out on Saturdays with us getting involved with the umpires and ourselves.

“We can only control what we do and now the league is gone we should be able to relax without any pressure.”