Sporting memories

Sporting Memories
Sporting Memories

From the West Sussex County Times of November 23, 1973

They were up against a heavier pack

Horsham Rugby Club 1st XV found themselves up against a much bigger, and heavier, pack of forwards in their Saturday morning game against Twickenham but they put a great fight as they only lost 16-4. Horsham’s pack struggled to secure possessionis from both line-out and scrum. Although on plenty occasions full-back Bob Gregory made bursting runs out of the defence but this was not enough as Twickenham were too much for Horsham to handle.

Forest and Warnham Court Stars’ guests

Horsham Blue Star Harriers had a successful cross-country meeting around their Denne Park course on Saturday. The Seniors overwhelmed the Royal Navy, and the boys and youths teams also won convincingly. In the colts race 62 lined up for the start all under 14 years of age and Phillip Wilkinson was soon among the leaders. He went on to win by one second from Andrew Hay (Haywards Heath) and Terry Smart (Aldershot).

Trouble for YMCA as they crash out of the cup

Horsham YMCA received another hammer blow which only added to their problems as they prematurely excited Sussex Senior Cup to Peacehaven losing 2-1 at Gorings Mead. For the first ten minutes YMCA were dominant. They two chances to score but didn’t capitalise and from then on everything else fell apart. Ian Gunn slotted the visitors opener in the 21st minute, and Brian Hawkins doubled their lead on the half hour mark. YMCA did manage to pull a goal back but it was nothing more than a consolation from Mick Browning.

They got together to beat sticky wicket

Merryfield - Broadbrigde Heath Cricket Club had a traumatic year, skipper Roger Shire told members and guests at the annual dinner on the Friday. At the beginning of the season the club lost six or seven players due to mixed reasons and this became very obvious within the first month. They tried desperately hard to find new players, they were sometimes as many as four members short for both Saturday and Sunday fixtures. Shire said: “It was then that a few of us got together, and decided that something must be done, for it was obvious that as Broadbridge Heath was growing rapidly, there must be cricketers about.

9 goal thriller for YMCA reserves

Roger Brasier scored a hat-trick as Horsham YMCA reserves turned over a poor Selsey side on Saturday by winning 8-1. They could have easily won by even more goals. Mick Mears quickly opened the scoring and Brasier snatched a hat-trick and goals from Keith Etheridge and Jeff Cox before the interval sealed the game. YMCA eased off them in the second half as Etheridge and Cox only added to their lead before Selsey scored a consolation goal in the dieying minutes.