HORSHAM Hockey Club put themselves in a strong position to challenge for promotion after Christmas with a thumping 5-1 defeat of South League basement boys Herne Bay.
Four first half goals put Horsham on the front foot as everything clicked going forward after weeks of frustration in front of goal. And team manager Alan Campbell wants to see his side replicate the sort of form they showed in the second half of last season.
Campbell said: “Last season, we really motored after Christmas and that’s what we must do now, we are third and there is still a chance of getting into the play-offs. It might come down to goal difference and its great that we have started scoring.”
Horsham forced 26 short corners against Herne Bay, and ‘could have had ten goals’ according to Campbell, in what became a heated contest as Herne had three men sent off. Skipper John Burroughs opened the scoring from an impossible angle, and the chances continued to flow. Burroughs won a penalty flick, and 17-year-old Nathan Hill displayed considerable maturity to double their lead.
A sweeping move involving Hill and Freddie Campbell put John Kimberley through for the third goal, and drag flick specialist Matt Hough dispatched a short corner to make it 4-0 at half time.
Some clumsy defending after the break allowed Herne in to score their consolation, beating keeper Nick Evans, who had stepped up from the second XI.
But Jamie Whitehouse had the final word with Horsham’s fifth, netting from Campbell’s penetrating pass.
“They were a bit clumsy and rustic at times,” Campbell added. “It can sometimes be harder to score against teams like Herne Bay than the better teams in the league. We really should have scored a lot more goals than we did, it could have been 10-1.”