Horsham 5-3 Eastbourne
Wakey Wakey Ref
An early start yet again for the 3s. 8.45 meet saw breakfasts being skipped and bedtime stories cut short. A heavy frost the night before didn't make things any easier on leaving the house. Still, the boys were at the club and ready for a wonderful little road trip to sunny Eastbourne for the second time this season.
A heavily optimistic Horsham were looking forward to the match up, seeing as they were sitting pretty at the top, and were facing a team that was yet to win a match. Upon arrival, the pitch was half in the sun, half slippery and iced up. Luckily the majority had thawed out before the game was ready to push back.
The game started and Horsham went straight on the attack. The main attacks coming from Captain Cauliflower Mikey Campbell, who found his way in to the D and passed the ball straight to far post where sleep-ridden Spiers was happily waiting to slam the ball home for the first goal.
It seemed like the game was only going to go one way for the majority of this match. Eastbourne fielding an extra player wasn't looking too helpful for the game. Horsham persevered regardless constantly battling through alot of built up aggression from the home team...
Jean Marshall hit back with a definite top goal of the season contender, running the ball past 3 defenders, and finding his way top D ready to smash the ball straight down the middle, between the legs of the keeper, and flying straight through the back board. The ball is currently still being searched for, as is the keepers sense of shame after Jean destroyed him.
Eastbourne managed to claw one back before half time came. nothing special as I wasn't watching, but the ball apparently crossed the line. My bad. Tom Surridge was heard to be spitting feathers, but that is more of a lifestyle choice than being hockey related. David Perrie, yet again, finding out where the sniper was on the pitch, before taking cover and rolling on the floor.
Halftime came and Horsham were feeling happy with the result so far. Mikey calling for silence before a "lads" based conversation. ]
The second half was ready to go. The umpires having a nice word with an Eastbourne forward, unhappy with the lack of sleep in order to complete his homework. It was sure to be detention and a hot crumpet from behind if he hadn't finished his double chemistry homework.
Horsham bust in to the second half and Eastbourne looked broken. Horsham were heavy on the attack before Spiers found himself in a 1 on 1 with the keeper, and in an attempt to lob the keeper, sent the ball in to orbit.... apologies to those on the East Coast of the USA, but there is the reason for your satellite going out!
Horsham picked themselves up from this and continued the assault and Spiers found himself running along the baseline and finding the keeper going to ground far too soon, leaving Spiers to simply tip the ball over him, to a grateful Kimbo on the line, who bobbled it home. 3-1 and Horsham were sitting pretty.
Eastbourne went on the attack, aided with their extra help finding themselves short corner after short corner, but struggling to convert. Eventually they made a ball cross the line and were "still in this".... They had definitely fallen in to Horshams' trap. A false sense of security is how we roll. Lull you in to the van with the candy, and then leave you wondering where your shoes are in the middle of a field.
Horsham started the attack yet again, finding Nick Beard Crawley on an open goal with 2 easy slip options to his left for an obvious goal, before pushing the ball softly wide of the goal. A crime worthy of losing the beard. It was made up for shortly afterwards, when He did manage to find a goal after some cracking build up play with the aid of Philly Butcher and the Beansworth, who was celebrating his 26th birthday.
Horsham were 4-2 up, and Eastbourne yet again had a chance of a goal. They lapped it up... still "in this".
4-3 and Spiers found himself facing the keeper yet again, taking a soft shot, before finally burying it off of the rebound. 5-2 and Phil Butcher was on his knees in joy.
Eastbourne had a few more short corners.. all fair here before the ball eventually crossed the goal line that Tom is so precious over. A post match interview found hims plotting to rob a library for all of the wheres wally books you can imagine.
The game at 5-3 and Horsham finally had their first short corner of the game after 68 minutes of effort. It didn't matter however as Spiers decided to drag the ball straight at fellow goal scorer Jean, hitting him in the back. The whistle went and it was all over. Horsham had smashed bottom of the league and it was straight on the burger king and beers.
Attendance, about 11-78
Goals - Spiers 2, Jean Marshall 1, Sam K 1, Nick Crawley 1
Assists - Mikey C 1, Spiers 1,