Under-15: TWO WINS in vastly contrasting weather conditions saw Horsham finish their league campaign on a high.
First up, against Chobham the Green and Whites were able to show off their strength in depth with 11 players away on Sussex duty, as they win 26-10. Points came from Matt Brock, wing Ben Carbone, flanker Joe Humphrey and captain and fly half Matt Streeter who was also kicked three conversions. Scrum half Sam Holden capped a number of strong performances with a man of the match display.
Seven days later, and Horsham ran out winners 29-10 against Hastings in difficult conditions. Joe Humphrey, Ben Birch, Oscar Vallance and Jordan Chapman made their first league appearances of the season, and with five wingers on the pitch, Horsham had pace to burn - Declan Nwachukwu, Liam Mcgivern and Ben Birch scored their three tries in the first half.
Another two followed after the break, the pick of which saw Liam Ruz follow up a neat chip and chase before Tom Clayton went over. A third place finish for the third successive season means Horsham narrowly miss out on a place in the county final.
SUSSEX County Finalists Horsham edged past East Grinstead 5-0 thanks to Matt Collier’s try.
Guaranteed of a second place finish in the Sussex A League and assured of a berth in the final, Horsham started slowly in the muddy conditions. But after the first coherent breakaway led to some good field position, Collier finished off in the corner - fly half Callum Boswell just missed a mighty conversion attempt.
Horsham’s attacking game got stuck in the mud a little, although captain Paul Schroter went close to scoring, he was adjudged to have knocked on after seemingly grounding the ball. Horsham made a change, bringing on Tom Hooley, and with Todd Lowe, Bryn Bloodworth, Luke Saunders and the Martin brothers also working hard, became more influential in the forwards, and started to get the edge both in the scrum and the rucks.
With scrum half Nick Baynes able to supply marginally quicker ball, George Palmer lifted the spirits and made a 50 metre surge deep in to EG territory, and despite some late driving towards the EG try line from a number of promising positions, the spirited EG defence held firm.
Late on No.8 Duncan Watkins was bundled in to touch five metres from the line when he looked set to score, and to complete a frustrating second half, Matt Collier was unable to hold the ball when looking set to finish a rare fluent Horsham move in the corner.
NEW-BOY Luke Baldwin scored a debut try to set Horsham up for a 15-3 defeat of Shoreham.
The win capped a season to be proud of for the young Green and Whites, who have impressed throughout, and displayed great control against Shoreham.
After a well contested start, Horsham started to take advantage with good scrums and good hands. Not even the loss of Oscar Nicholls to the sin bin halted Horsham momentum, Aaron Bullman stole the ball from Shoreham’s biggest player, Ben Murphy made good ground before passing to Luke Baldwin who scored a superb try.
Winger Chris Fennelly ran in the second try to make it 10-0. Horsham dominated as Max Elliott, Harry Stannard and Piers Lydon started to apply the squeeze in the scrum, while great kicking by Oli Joels and strong tackling from Alex Harry allowed space to open up for Baldwin to score the final try.
Shoreham hit back with a late penalty, but it was no more than a consolation.