Young homegrown talent gives Horsham the edge over Trojans

JPCT 181014 S144440896x Hockey, South Premier Division 2: Horsham v Trojans -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-141018-132208001
JPCT 181014 S144440896x Hockey, South Premier Division 2: Horsham v Trojans -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-141018-132208001

Horsham’s young homegrown talent outgunned Trojans’ 
Olympic import as the home side made it three wins from three on Saturday.

Newly promoted Trojans arrived with South African Ignatius Malgraff, who had netted five goals the previous weekend, but he was taught a finishing lesson, but the home side’s young attackers.

Horsham prefer to rely on homebred talent and, with four of the home goals coming from players under the age of 20, all of whom came through the club colts system, their policy proved vindicated at the weekend.

The 6-2 victory saw the home side maintain their 100 per cent record and go second on goals difference from leaders Banbury.

Trojans started at a furious pace and pressed hard but the Horsham defence stood firm.

With the visitors pressing high upfield, the home forwards broke and a fumbled clearance allowed 19-year-old Jack Dean to lift the ball into the net after only seven minutes.

Horsham’s forward pressure resulted in a penalty corner which Matt Hough converted low to the keeper’s right.

Another breakdown saw several Horsham players win back the ball in a series of tackles and, with the Trojan defence in shreds, schoolboy Peter Neave tapped in from two yards.

The second half proved no different and on 45 minutes, Cerdic Atkinson centred for young Noah Chinn to convert from the penalty spot with his third goal in four games.

On 50 minutes, Duncan Howarth fed Joe Humphreys to finish in clinical manner, while Hough’s second drag flick sealed the Horsham total.

Trojans twice pulled a goal back, but Seya Akande man marked Malgraff out of the game.

Horsham now travel to third-placed Henley on Saturday.

n Horsham’s ladies went down 2-1 at home to Wimbledon in the Investec Women’s Conference East.

The visitors netted from two short corners before half-time, and, although Stephanie Dent pulled a goal back for the hosts in the second half, they were unable to find a leveller.

Captain Hannah Simpson said: “It was a mixed performance. In the first half, Wimbledon were playing the better hockey, but were limited to the number of opportunities they had.

“After half-time we were a much better team and looked an attacking threat going forwards. We had a number of attacks but unfortunately, were unable to find an equaliser.”