London 2 South East
Horsham 27 – 35 Dartfordians
Horsham scored more tries than Dartfordians and remain sixth, but ill-discipline cost them the closely fought game.
An early penalty put Horsham three nil down until a defensive lapse from the visitors enabled Jordan Smith to cross the line, converted by Will Bell, following which the home lead was stretched to 10-3 by Bell’s place kick. Horsham then conceded penalties but it was a Darts try and conversion that levelled the score. Both defences worked well but two more successful penalty kicks gave Darts a six point advantage at the break. But, Horsham responded vigorously with repeated forays, culminating in an unconverted Will Johnson try on the left, only for another penalty to give the Darts three more points. The Darts then immediately increased their lead, getting through the Horsham defence and subsequently kicking over. Horsham, though, kept pressing to earn a maximised Ollie Harker try, Will Bell obliging with the kick. Darts were then reduced to 14 men as a result of an illegal tackle but further penalties extended their advantage ahead of a late Andy Gray try for Horsham under the posts to reduce the deficit but leave Horsham rueing the persistent lapses in concentration that enabled Dartfordians to take the game 27-35 and move up to second in the table.
Horsham Head Coach Nick Stocker told the District Post: “This was a frustrating defeat – we scored some great tries but gave the ball away too cheaply, missed some kicks and gifted them 18 points through penalties.”
Old Alleynians host Horsham on Dulwich Common tomorrow (Saturday) – OA’s are 7th after beating bottom club Crowborough last week.