HORSHAM RFC overcame a number of injury setbacks to get back to winning ways in the league with a narrow 27-22 defeat of Bromley on Saturday.
An early Nick Essex try and a Will Johnson penalty put hosts Horsham 10-0 up before both fly half Angelo Shepherd and prop Nick Bell hobbled off injured.
Jamie Gibbs scored again for Horsham but Bromley came back into it to trail 15-10 at half-time. Horsham were reduced to 14 men when Jonny Whiting was yellow carded and Bromley took advantage to score a converted try to lead 17-15.
Rob Grantham Hill bundled over for Horsham but in what was now a see-saw contest Bromley immediately replied with a third try of their own.
With the clock ticking down Johnson popped up with Horsham’s fourth try, which he converted, and some desperate late defending on their own try line secured the league win following two narrow defeats in London 3 South East.
Coach Stocker said afterwards: “It was an ugly game for a number of reasons. The referee probably played poorly from both sides, he had a bad day.
“From our perspective, to grind out a win in those sort of circumstances, with a number of disruptions early on... with four tries scored, a bonus point win, I’m happy with that.”
The bonus-point victory sees Horsham up to fourth in the table.