A DRAMATIC Zeph Hardy goal in the dying seconds of Saturday’s match with Bath Buccaneers looks to have saved Horsham Ladies from relegation from the English Hockey League.
The former skipper swept home with virtually the last stroke of a tense match as Horsham snatched a 1-1 draw from the jaws of defeat.
Having won the first of a three-way relegation play-off 5-0 at Springfields, this vital point should prolong the side’s stay in the Conference East, provided Bath don’t better Horsham’s score when they face Springfield’s in the final match.
Chairman Hugh Thomas said: “It was a most dramatic equalising goal with only five seconds to go. We were 1-0 down and the situation looked decidedly bad, but it was especially great for Zeph to score having been captain for several years.
In a nip and tuck encounter throughout, hosts Bath struck first after a goalless first half wit a well-worked short corner routine. With just one of the three teams staying up, a Bath win would have left them needing just a draw in their final game to secure it, but Hardy’s late goal ensured Horsham are now favourites to beat the drop.