Horsham promotion hopes dented

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HORSHAM Hockey Club’s promotion ambitions in the Men’s South League took a jolt with a 4-2 loss at fellow contenders Folkestone.

Kent/Sussex Regional

Folkestone 4

Horsham 2

HORSHAM’S promotion ambitions took a jolt on Saturday with a 4-2 loss at fellow contenders Folkestone.

John Burroughs’ side were not at their best and were punished by a sprightly Folkestone outfit who have undergone many changes in recent years. But not all was lost, as on a crunch weekend in the division, leaders Marden Russetts extended their advantage at the top by thrashing second placed Sutton Valence 8-1.

“Unless something remarkable happens over Christmas, I’m pretty certain we will be fighting it out for second place,” first XI skipper Burroughs said. “We need to string some results together. it’s about getting our heads back on for this weekend and going to the Christmas break still in third position.

“We were not particularly great and they are very similar to a lot of sides in this division. Not playing particularly attacking hockey, try to spoil things.”

It was a battle of the short corner routines, as Horsham traded blows with their visitors in the early stages. Folkestone went 1-0 up, although Matt Hough’s drag flick cancelled that out. Another drag flick saw Folkestone go ahead, and Hough cancelled it out again. A soft deflected goal put Folkestone back in charge, prompting another spell of Horsham pressure. Ed Jackson forced a double save as the visitors attempted to get back into it, only for Folkestone to race down the other end and add another drag flick to make it 4-2.

“We threw everything at them, but we could not get that third goal, but we did not play particularly well,” Burroughs added.