Saturday December 5 – South League Premier Div. 2
Oxford Hawks 1 – 3 Horsham Men’s 1st XI
Martin Read – Sports Reporter
Horsham notched up their fourth consecutive win to go second in the league ahead of Winchester after leaders London Edwardians were held to a goal-less draw and Tulse Hill slipped to fourth, Eastbourne beating them to earn their first points of the season.
With skipper Duncan Howarth recuperating from surgery, player coach Dom Male sidelined with ten stitches in a hand injury and stalwart Dom Cohen among the Horsham absentees, Freddie Campbell took the armband and told the District Post: “Although we expected to win at Oxford we had a depleted side so it was fantastic that the new guys really stepped up, Mark Bryan a sweeper from the seconds and 16 year old Sean Watson on debut having great games.”
Neither side scored in the first half, but Oxford went ahead soon after the restart. Aerial balls were bouncing in the high winds yet Horsham were constructing some good passing moves before, with a combined build up from Joey Humphreys and John Burroughs and with only the keeper to beat, Jack Dean equalised. He then put Horsham ahead from close range and promptly completed his hat trick after latching onto and slotting home a Freddie Campbell high ball at the far post.
Jack with ten goals from as many starts modestly said: “It was a difficult pitch but I was supplied well and just had to knock them in!”
Tomorrow (December 12) in their last game before the Christmas and New Year break Horsham entertain tenth placed Purley Walcountians at Broadbridge Heath with a 12.30 push back.