Horsham hockey still in promotion hunt

HORSHAM’S latest heavy win, a 6-2 defeat of Holcombe, has kept them in touch with the South Hockey League promotion race.

John Burroughs’ men were always comfortable as they saw off the mid-table side, despite three penalty flicks which could have changed the course of the match.

And now Horsham hope this weekend’s results will fall kindly with leaders Gore Court taking points off second placed Sutton Valance - and if all goes to plan they could find themselves in the second promotion spot on Monday morning.

Skipper Burroughs said: “But I am really pleased with how things are going. There was a reason why there were high standards set. Now it is paying dividends through the results of the last three or four weeks. It is all the hard work paying off. We are likely to miss out by a small margin I think and we will be able to look back at games where we let our standards slip a little.

“The aim was to try and make progress which we have done and if we miss out, then so be it.”

Horsham were set on their way to an impressive win at a tough venue to go to by Mark Humphreys’ penalty flick, the first of five in the game.

Tom Anguige then fired home from a short corner to make it 2-0 and the vociferous local support Holcombe usually muster was quietened. When John Burroughs found space at the top of the D and found the bottom corner it was 3-0 and Horsham were totally in control.

The hosts did strike back before the break, but Dan Rhodes’ goal from open play appeared to have thwarted that attempted comeback.

But in a scrappy period of play Holcombe could easily have levelled the scores. Their first drag flick penalty was converted, and the second was superbly saved by young stopper Ed Heathcock. Ian Brown was then sent off for stopping the ball on the line, but thwn that drag flick missed the target, Horsham could breathe easy.

Humphreys made it 5-2 with his second flick of the day, and Anguige wrapped up the scoring late on.