Horsham hockey club move into the promotion reckoning

A PROMOTION play-off place is suddenly in Horsham’s own hands after a weekend of developments in the Kent/Sussex 1 league.

Horsham did their part - albeit far more nervously than they intended - in beating bottom of the table Herne Bay, though the biggest shock was Marden Russets continued slump as they went down 6-4 at Old Williamsonians.

Horsham now trail second-placed Marden - who they play in a crucial match this Sunday - by just a point, and with Marden also playing the day before, a win could see Horsham secure second before their final game against leaders Sutton Valence the week after.

“After we lost to BBHC I thought our chances had gone, but we have won every game since then while Marden have slipped up which is why it’s still all to play for,” skipper John Burroughs said. “It’s unbelievable really that we’re still in it at this stage, we’re hoping we’ll have plenty of support on Sunday.”

Burroughs was less than impressed with the manner of their 6-5 win over lowly Herne Bay. Horsham lead 3-0 early on and then 5-1 at half-time, but had a nervy finish as the hosts clawed their way back to 6-5 late on.

Horsham’s goals came from Matt Hough, Burroughs and Duncan Howarth, who all netted two apiece.

Horsham take on Marden Russets this Sunday in a potentially crucial promotion decider at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre. Kick off is at 3pm and they are hoping for a big crowd to spur them to victory.

Horsham Ladies meanwhile look like they will have to play a relegation decider, after they finished the season with a 2-2 draw against Ipswich to finish second from bottom in the Conference East of the England Hockey League.