Worthing banish a league loss with trophy triumph

W43747H12 WH WORTHING MENS HOCKEY PIC S.G. 19.10.2012''Worthing v Horsham mens Hockey action from the game
W43747H12 WH WORTHING MENS HOCKEY PIC S.G. 19.10.2012''Worthing v Horsham mens Hockey action from the game
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Worthing Hockey Club captain Cirdec Atkinson praised how his side got themselves out of the dock at division-higher Gore Court in the HA Trophy on Sunday to banish a disappointing league defeat 24 hours earlier.

Having been convincingly beaten 8-2 at home to Horsham in the Kent/Sussex League on Saturday, Worthing immediately responded with a 5-2 triumph over Gore Court the following day.

Atkinson said: “It was very disappointing on Saturday, in the first half they had 10 minutes when they made it so we were up against it. And in the second half a 15-minutes spell where they completely took it away from us. Four goals in the 15 minutes killed it off, although we had started brightly in both halves.

“They were a much-improved team and they’ll be one to beat this season, without doubt.

“I made a point of saying after the game we had a opportunity to rectify things straight awayin the Trophy, rather than waiting a week and dwelling on it.

“We did that and I was very pleased as they are a league above us.”

Against Horsham, having gone three goals behind, Michael Gubbins pulled a goal back before the break. The visitors crashed in four more in the second half, although Atkinson netted a consolation.

On Sunday it was quite a different story as Rob Lowe, Gubbins and Andy Moore put Worthing 3-0 up within 20 minutes.

The hosts pulled one back just before half-time, but Atkinson and Moore completed the scoring inbetween another Gore Court goal after the break.