WORTHING Hockey Club’s ladies team began the new year with a heavy defeat at home to Horsham 2nd on Saturday.
The visitors moved seven points clear of Worthing, who remain third from bottom in the Women’s South League Division 3B table, with their 9-0 victory.
The loss was Worthing’s third in a row and was also their heaviest defeat of the season.
Leaders Basingstoke suffered their first loss of the season, 2-0 at second-placed London Wayfarers.
Worthing travel to third-placed Lewes on Saturday.