Horsham closer to England Hockey League safety

JPCT-10-03-12  Hockey. BBH Leisure Centre. Horsham v Maidstone S12110316a -photo by Steve Cobb

JPCT-10-03-12 Hockey. BBH Leisure Centre. Horsham v Maidstone S12110316a -photo by Steve Cobb

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HORSHAM are in the driving seat to retain their England Hockey League status after an emphatic start to the relegation play-off tournament on Saturday.

A 5-0 thrashing of North Conference side Springfield means a victory against Bath next Saturday will preserve the Reds’ position in the East Conference. With goals from Steph Dent, Zeph Hardy, Jill Adams, Jess Dean and Heidi Menniss, it was the perfect start to the three-way round robin tournament, and as only the top team of the three will stay up, Horsham have an outstanding chance of extending their seven year stay at this level.

The team which finished second bottom in each of the Conferences play in the tournament to determine who is relegated, Spring field from the North, Bath from West and Horsham in the East.

Coach Warren Gilmour said: “It was emphatic in the end, but it was pretty hard work until the second half. It was a pretty close game before then.

“As you can imagine it is quite a tense situation and everyone was a bit on edge, It was fairly even, but we took our chances when they came and that took some of the pressure off us.

“Springfield had some good players and we could tell they are not a bad side, but once they started to open themselves up we were able to play on the counter attack.”