HORSHAM’S rugby coach hopes his young side can learn from their difficult season to become more of a force in the league next year.
The Green and Whites lost their final game of the season on Saturday, going down 53-24 to a strong Crowborough team who still had a sniff of promotion.
The scoreline did not tell the full story, the turning point being the loss of Matt Stone to the sin bin just after half time with Horsham leading 19-17 and from there Crows kill the game off with three tries in ten minutes.
Still it marked a positive end to a complete turnaround in their season, as a string of good results converted a ten point deficit to get out of relegation to finish ten points clear of danger in under two months.
Horsham lost several important first team players before the start of the season, and after battling through a ‘transitional year’ coach Nick Stocker hopes the experience will hold his squad in good stead for the next campaign.
“Saturday was all about the performance and despite the loss our performances over the last six to eight weeks have been quite consistent,” Stocker said.
“We’ve won a few games and been picking up points, and even though Saturday ended a big defeat the effort the players have put in has been exceptional over the last part of the season.
“The youngsters that we have should benefit from this year and that’s why we were desperate to stay up, so we could keep those good players and not have to start again next season.”