Jess Dean strike hands Horsham ladies their first win


Horsham Ladies Hockey Firsts have made a strong start to the new season.

On the back of their opening day 1-1 draw in the England Hockey League Conference East, they secured a fine 1-0 victory away at Chelmsford.

Jess Dean scored the only goal of the match when she converted a first-half penalty corner.

This Saturday the ladies are at home to St Albans at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre (1.30pm start).

The Horsham Ladies Twos also faced their first league encounter against Andover, having been promoted to South Division.

Under a new captain Fran Crossley, ex-National league and England Masters player and coach Mark Beard they have created a fresh, highly competitive approach.

They were forced to rejig when vice captain Natalie Howarth was called up to the First team, but produced a steady first performance in losing 2-1. Crossley saw a straight strike short corner disallowed, though Rebecca McDowell was on target as she got on the end of a Crossley cross following good work from Sue Crake. Man of the match was Rachel Humphreys.

This Saturday Horsham Twos host Worthing at BBH, 3pm push back.