Horsham forced to sweat on a play-off place

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HORSHAM Hockey Club’s men’s first XI have an anxious wait to see if they have clinched a South Regional League play-off position.

A 2-1 win at Worthing put Horsham second and rounded off a successful season on Saturday, but their fate is not in their own hands, with third-placed Sutton Valence still to play their final game this weekend.

Saturday was not the free scoring victory that Horsham have come accustomed to since Christmas, but ensuring they finished with a win to keep alive promotion hopes was the main thing.

In fact despite creating their usual amount of chances it was 0-0 with 20 minutes to play, until Freddie Campbell intercepted a ball played across the Worthing back line to smash past the keeper.

A fine breakaway saw Duncan Howarth play a neat give and return with skipper John Burroughs to slot in a second, and Worthing could only reply with a late short corner with the full time whistle already sounded.

Burroughs said: “We were pretty poor in honesty, there was a bit of last game syndrome and we weren’t our usual sharp selves.

“To be fair they were a lot better then the side we beat before Christmas.”