Storm Jorge can't dampen Horsham Ladies' display in home win

With the impending arrival of Storm Jorge, Horsham and Camberley wisely moved their eagerly awaited clash to a noon kick off, and were richly rewarded with brilliant sunshine at Coolhurst.

Monday, 2nd March 2020, 1:03 pm
Action from Horsham Ladies' victory over Camberley. Picture courtesy of Richard Ordidge

The game started with early pressure from the visitors, which was repelled by strong scrummaging from the home pack.

A great midfield break by Kate Leyshon, was backed up by some excellent work by Imogen Dold, who has stepped up from the U18s, and produced an assured and composed performance.

With Horsham holding firm in midfield, a barnstorming run from Katie Collier down the left hand side, almost led to the first score of the game.

Horsham had begun to assume control of the game, only indiscipline allowing the visitors to escape from their own twenty two.

As half-time approached, another fine tackle and turnover by Dold, repelled an increasingly confidence opposition.

On the stroke of half-time with Camberley putting into a five metre scrum, the Horsham scrum took one against the head, and Leyshon produced a fine clearing kick.

The teams turned around after an entertaining but scoreless first half, with the corner flags now going in four different directions.

The second half started with an excellent line break by the Camberley fly half, but this was more than matched by a try saving tackle under the shadow of the posts by Charlie Clark, who then led the breakout.

The Horsham ladies were now taking control of the game and after a series of driving runs from a now rampant home team, skipper Jody Morris-Jones capped an excellent performance by crashing over for the first try of the match. The try was unconverted, but 5-0 was a deserved lead.

Horsham’s hard running forwards were beginning to make inroads into the Camberley defence, and this was epitomised by a lung busting run from Jorden Zivilik-Firth and a bulldozing burst from Trisha Lefevre.

Not to be outdone, the lively backs led by Dold, again punched holes in the visitors defence, setting up another promising position.

Zivilik-Firth capitalised upon this, as she burst over the line to double the home sides advantage. An excellent conversion, in difficult conditions settled the match in favour of the home team.

Horsham continued on the front foot to end of the game, with two rampaging runs from Alyce O’Connor, which could easily lead to further scores, but to their credit Camberley continued to play with heart and prevented any further scores.