Horsham’s under-15s were unable to recover from a disappointing first half on their way to a 32-17 defeat against Heathfield in their top vs second clash.
The reigning Sussex A League county champions proved decisive winners after a clinical display. Horsham enjoyed long spells of territory and possession, but were unable to make that count.
Heathfield were quicker to the breakdown, remained calm under pressure and were clinical in executing their moves, which ensured the scoreboard kept ticking over in their favour, running in three tries while the sole Horsham response was a Rowan Murphy-Hunt penalty.
Horsham looked sharper after the break, immediately securing the ball from their own kick-off, Matt Collier made a strong tackle and Murphy-Hunt soon scored a try with a resilient run and kick though which he just managed to touch down ahead of a chasing Heathfield defender. George Palmer converted making the score 10 – 17.
With their winning points margin reduced, it was then Heathfield who raised their game. They kicked a penalty, and after a converted try under the posts made it 27-10, their winger then scored for the third time with an identikit try to open up an unassailable lead.
For the final quarter Horsham, playing for pride, rallied and George Palmer finally broke clear to score a try which he also converted.