Sussex Hockey Knockout Cup Final
Horsham 4 – 0 Eastbourne
Not content with promotion into the South Premier Division 1 league – beating Eastbourne twice in the process – Horsham entertained the large crowd by walloping the same relegated opposition to carry off the Sussex Cup for the first time, rounding off a fantastic campaign in style. Horsham’s barnstorming end to their season saw them undefeated in 13 matches this year. In probably his last game for Horsham – for a while at least – league top scorer Jack Dean got Horsham on the score sheet with one of his special solo runs culminating in a trademark strike. A clinical seven pass build up then enabled Richard Blakesley to find the net from close range. After sitting pretty at the break Horsham went further ahead when John Burroughs polished off a well-rehearsed short corner routine. Cirdec Atkinson then put the icing on the cake for Horsham to bury Eastbourne. Team Manager Al Campbell told the District Post: “Horsham’s success this season has come from our all round strength: apart from scoring more goals than any other team in the league, the defence has routinely negated the opposition. In this final keeper Andy Isaacs was only called upon to make one save. We’ll celebrate now but are already developing our strategy for next season, initially concentrating on suitable replacements for Jack Dean and Noah Chinn as they’re heading off to university.”
Player Coach Dominick Male added: “The players have given everything week after week and to be crowned Sussex Champions on finals day is a fitting end to our terrific season!”
Sussex Hockey officials nominated Freddie Campbell Man of the Final for marshalling the midfield with game-changing tackles, passes and aerials.
Club Chairman Nick Evans said: “On top of what we’ve already achieved this season we’ve figured in four finals this weekend, winning three of them – in addition to the Men’s 1s, the U14s and U21s won both of theirs. The 2nds scored 5 goals but couldn’t quite make it, but it’s been an amazing weekend!”
Horsham Ladies 1s play their Sussex Cup final on May 7 with a tough challenge against East Grinstead.