Green and Whites fall short of ending the leaders’ 100 per cent start

Horsham RFC  Jonny Whiting
Horsham RFC Jonny Whiting

Late try means Horsham fall short of ending the leaders’ 100 per cent start

The Kent side currently boast a 100 per cent winning record topping the table but this was their narrowest margin of victory in the season to date.

Horsham RFC Declan Nwachukwu

Horsham RFC Declan Nwachukwu

On a wet and windy day Sevenoaks kicked off into the elements. Horsham were exerting pressure in the tight but were conceding scrum penalties when seemingly having the upper hand.

Sevenoaks showed that their three-quarter line was also a threat but after some good inter-passing their left winger cut inside when a try looked certain.

Horsham were conceding penalties regularly and when finally penalised after 26 minutes for not rolling away within kicking range Isaac Winter made no mistake.

Ollie Harcus was the first to fall on the ball following a clearance kick and passed to Johnny Ordidge who moved the ball out to Mike Watts who dummied his man and then sliced open the Sevenoaks by cutting in on an inside angle to score under the posts with the try converted by Joe Wilde.

Horsham RFC Mike Watts

Horsham RFC Mike Watts

The lead was short lived as Sevenoaks responded immediately, kicking long from the restart and from Horsham’s exit play, Dom Saunders collected and chipped forwards, kicked again and showing dexterous footballing skills, it required one further grubber to kick the ball over the line to score a superb individual try.

The touchline conversion saw Sevenoaks take a 10-7 lead into half-time.

They extended their lead with a penalty as a Matt McCabe was yellow carded for persistent offences, but Horsham made light of their numerical disadvantage.

Jonny Whiting made the crucial injection of pace and found Wilde who showed to make the pass on the outside and then cut in to beat two men and score under the posts and then convert his own try to regain a 14-13 lead.

Michael Tredgett made a welcome return on 60 minutes for his first game for nine months having recovered from a broken wrist.

With Horsham back to full strength, on 62 minutes Horsham spun the ball left for McCabe to straighten the line and send Declan Nwachukwu over to extend the lead to 19-13.

Horsham then switched off defensively as within a minute, Sevenoaks moved the ball wide for Rob Streather to score and reduce the deficit to 19-18.

With ten minutes remaining one of the Sevenoaks back row players made a storming 30-yard run upfield before he was hauled down to create the position for Winter to step between two tacklers and score.

Horsham’s attacks became increasingly frantic as they eschewed penalty kicks at goal, without success.

Horsham: Watts; Wilde, Ordidge (Hart 65), McCabe, Nwachukwu; J Johnson, Mills; Barber (Fairs 65), Stone, Talbot; Whiting, Harcus (Tredgett 60); Smith, Thompson, Gaynor.

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