Horsham downed by last-gasp penalty

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HORSHAM coach Nick Stocker said his players showed a ‘lack of appetite’ in a last-gasp defeat at Bromley on Saturday.

The visiting Green and Whites saw a 13-13 draw turned into a 16-13 defeat with the hosts scoring a penalty with the very last kick of the game.

Stocker said: “It was disappointing for a number of reasons. We had the advantage in both phase set plays, in the scrum we were better than them and in the lineout we were better than them so we had plenty of possession but just didn’t utilise it well at all.

“We didn’t use the phase ball we had or dominate the contact area. Yes we had a couple of changes of personnel but it just looked like a real lack of appetite from us.”

Steve Penstone, called up from the Seconds, scored Horsham’s only try, while Matt Brown kicked a conversion before going off injured. His replacement kicker George Philip slotted over one penalty and one conversion.

Stocker added: “It’s frustrating, not only because we lost with the last kick of the match but because Bromley are a side we should be beating and it was a lack of desire which cost us.

“We have a tough game with Folkestone away this Saturday so we need a marked improvement in both training and on the pitch this week.”

In Sussex 1, Holbrook’s chances of a strong finish continued to fade with a 19-13 defeat at home to Burgess Hill.

Pulborough enjoyed their second rest weekend, and while they were off their main rivals for the title East Grinstead II beat Seaford 23-17 to go back to the top. Still their shock defeat at bottom side Chichester last week means Boro are only two points behind them in second place with a game in hand.