Promotion destiny is in Horsham’s own hands

Horsham 1st team Hockey V Tulse Hill & Dulwich (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-151026-093004008
Horsham 1st team Hockey V Tulse Hill & Dulwich (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-151026-093004008

With half the season gone, Horsham have had four weeks to reflect on their early season hopes of promotion to the senior levels of South Premiership hockey.

Duncan Howarth’s men have dropped more points than they would have liked, to teams they would have expected to beat.

In South Premier Division 2, London Edwardians are six points clear of the chasing field but, with two promotion slots up for grabs, any one of four teams are in the mix.

Horsham are currently in fourth place, two points behind both Tulse Hill and Winchester, and two points above Southampton’s Trojans. At one level the maths are quite simple - all Horsham have to do to get promoted is win all their remaining games.

Manager Al Campbell feels that the prospects are not unrealistic, he said: “No team has beaten Horsham by more than the odd goal.

“And the team genuinely believes there is nobody better in the league. We need to cut out the schoolboy errors that cost us silly point – but it’s proving to be a tough league.”

Horsham put together an unbeaten run of 13 points from five games in November and December, despite having injury problems, the side rose to second in the league before the last game before Christmas proved to be another banana skin.

When the league restarts on January 16, the squad should be back to full strength with coach Dom Male’s broken hand recovered, skipper Howarth’s arthroscopy scars healed and Noah Chinn over his keyhole surgery for appendicitis.

The team warms up with the semi-final of the Sussex Senior Cup, against higher division Lewes, at Broadbridge Heath on January 9.

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