HORSHAM hockey club’s men’s first XI responded to their captain’s call for goals with a 5-1 demolition of early season whipping boys Sevenoaks.
Skipper John Burroughs demanded the side was more clinical after scoring four in their opening two games, and although it was an impressive win on paper against a former bogey team, the coaching staff still wanted more.
Burroughs remarked: “We were happy with the performance in the game against Worthing but Sam (coach Naismith) was not so happy at the end of this game.
“It was one of those where we could have annihilated them. But we didn’t maintain the intensity for the second half and we cruised it. Sam never likes to see that.
“We started the game really well, the squad is more competitive than ever, it’s younger than ever and we played some really good stuff.”
Burroughs put Horsham in front when he converted a pass from Duncan Howarth to score from the top of the D, and Ansell made it two before laying on the third for the skipper, deflected in at the far post.
The Kent side did hit back with around 20 minutes remaining though, via a goalmouth scramble. Any thoughts of the fight back were extinguished almost immediately however, as Howarth’s neat finish under the keeper’s glove made it 4-1.
John Kimberley then added the fifth with an emphatic finish from the returning Freddie Campbell’s pass.