Horsham RFC suffer shoch opening day defeat

Trying to play “too much rugby” proved Horsham’s downfall as the slumped to a shock opening day defeat away at newly promoted Gillingham Anc.

The visitors were never ahead in a match they expected to win as basic errors saw them beaten 24-20.

Coach Nick Stocker said: “As a new team they were motivated from the outset. They were a good side, with large forwards and good backs but nothing we should have had trouble coping with had we reached the level we can.

“Basically we tried to play too much rugby too early, running from deep in our 22, some selfish decisions and handling errors and that cost us. We didn’t play in the right areas of the park and that gave them possession and a platform to hurt us.”

Horsham continually found themselves playing catch-up despite two tries from Tyler Aitken and both sides had a player red carded for a brawl in the second half, although Horsham plan to appeal Jamie Gibbs’ involvement.

Adam Day’s try four minutes from time put Horsham just four points behind, but further errors saw them spurn chances as Gillingham held on to spring a shock on the opening day.

This Saturday is Horsham’s first home game against a newly relegated Tonbridge Wells side who trounced Pulborough 63-3 on Saturday.