MATT Hough has been hailed as the difference between winning and losing as Horsham’s bid for promotion from South Hockey League Kent/Sussex Regional Division gathered momentum.
Saturday’s 6-2 defeat of Folkestone keeps Horsham in the promotion picture, and just a point behind Marden Russets in the sole play-off position. Hough, who joined early last season, scored twice early on, both from penalty corners, as Horsham raced into a 3-0 lead inside ten minutes, and captain John Burroughs said his contribution can be the difference between winning and losing.
“He has been a revelation this year,” Burroughs said. “At least 20 of his goals have come from drag flicks and it makes so much difference having that threat from short corners.”
After Hough’s early brace, Freddie Campbell applied to finishing touch to a sweeping move which saw Horsham score in just four passes from deep in their 25. Campbell then added his second before the break, and although Folkestone, who inflicted a shock defeat on Horsham earlier in the season, hit back straight away, Duncan Howarth made it 5-1 early in the second half, deflecting in a short corner flick from Hough.
That man Hough added Horsham’s sixth at the end of a goalmouth scramble, firing home a reverse stick shot.
A second Folkestone in the 90th minute restored some pride for the visitors, as Horsham switch their attentions to the run-in and an attempt to better last season’s third place.
Burroughs added: “I just wanted to take it to the end of the season, so I am pretty happy with where we are considering the season we have had in terms of injury and unavailability. We are coming strong at the right time, but I imagine it might be the same story as last year.”