Men’s 1s: day to forget in Horsham

jimmy_m Match reports, Men 1st XI

Horsham: 2

Epsom: 1 (Midmer)

Epsom travelled to Horsham full of confidence after a big win against Canterbury 2s but it turned into a day to forget at Christs Hospital School. Horsham started very sharply and sprayed the ball around for 3 minutes before scoring a neatly worked opening goal. Soon after, Epsom pushed up too far for a free hit and a slick Horsham counterattack made it 2-0 after 10 minutes. Epsom gradually rumbled into gear and on 15 minutes won a short corner, which on its second retake was bundled in by James Midmer for 2-1. Running into half-time Epsom had a strong spell and created a string of good chances but several efforts flashed wide and saw Horsham remain 2-1 up at half-time. The second half started with some more decent chances for Epsom but they weren’t taken and the final 25 minutes saw Horsham manage the game effectively and Epsom gradually fade away. Horsham should have scored a third at a short corner with 10 minutes to go but Epsom escaped. Right on full time Epsom won a short corner but they couldn’t fashion a shot from two retakes with 10 men up; this kind of summed up the day. A 2-1 loss. Epsom could have no complaints, they were mostly outplayed and didn’t take their chances when they came. On the plus side, Horsham had excellent teas and wasn’t as far away as first assumed, although there was no McDonalds on the A24. It marked a final game for Angus Keast following his short sabbatical from New Zealand, he made a big impact in his six games, presented a shirt from his home club and even came to training on Wednesday before his Friday flight, a top bloke and welcome back any time!