Chances are at a premium for Horsham

WARREN Gilmore admitted his Horsham ladies side had to be happy with a point against Surbiton in the England Hockey League East Conference on Saturday.

A tight game saw chances restricted as Horsham settled for a 0-0 draw, a result which keeps them in touch with the leading pack as the sharp end of the season nears.

Horsham lost Ellen Seaniger to illness early in the game, and had to throw Siobhan Henn, herself recovering from illness, into the fray.

But with other results going their way, including a draw between title contenders Sevenoaks and Chelmsford, Horsham cannot count themselves out of the championship reckoning, sitting eight points behind leaders Ipswich.

Gilmore commented: “It was another tough game against a tough side, the third in a row like that.

“We had to take Ellen off early on and Siobhan has not played for about five or six weeks - she ended up playing almost the whole game. So when I look at it 0-0 was not a bad result.

“And results above us went well too. The next couple of weeks will decide whether we are still in it or not,”

In a game of few opportunities, Hannah Simpson made some vital blocks in the Horsham goal, while at the other end Horsham felt they should have been awarded a penalty stroke but Amanda Hilsdon was penalised for dangerous play after she collected Jess Dean’s pass.