Frustration for Horsham hockey teams

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BOTH the ladies and men’s hockey first teams endured a frustrating weekend in the blistering October sun.

On Saturday the Horsham men’s first team squandered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with local rivals Worthing, and on the Sunday the ladies first team suffered a 3-1 reverse on the same Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre pitch.

Goals from skipper John Burroughs and Duncan Howarth had the men on course for an opening day of the season victory, but Worthing pulled one back and with five minutes to play levelled with a short corner.

For coach Sam Naismith the positive team display was more satisfying then the result was irksome. He said: “We don’t really look at the game as a league game, it’s about the performance. The performance first half was extremely good, apart from putting the white round thing between two posts, everything else was really good. I think the game should have been over at half time really.

“I was disappointed with the way we stopped, and we got a bit chatty to the umpire which I don’t like and the senior players need to set an example.

“But the performance was very good and that’s all it’s ever about, the result takes care of itself and I say to the players the scoreboard is for the supporters and the press, not for us.”

The ladies went into Sunday’s match looking for their first win of the season following two defeats, but despite an improved performance they went down 3-1 to Old Loughtonians, Lauren Keefe with Horsham’s goal.

Coach Warren Gilmour said: “It has been a tough start, the first two games we probably didn’t play as well as we should have but this game was better.

“Trying to chase games is very hard because every team in this league is strong and to be fair they (Old Loughs) were quick on the break.

“But it was a much better performance and we are moving in the right direction.”