Dean’s double helps Horsham to back-to-back wins

Horsham's Jack Dean netted twice in their 4-2 win over Tulse Hill & Dulwich on Saturday
Horsham's Jack Dean netted twice in their 4-2 win over Tulse Hill & Dulwich on Saturday

A strong finish away at Tulse Hill and Dulwich saw Horsham secure back-to-back victories and remain third in South Premier Division 2.

In the pre-match talk skipper Duncan Howarth reminded his squad that last season Tulse Hill & Dulwich were one of only two teams to take six points from Horsham.

Fielding an unchanged line-up, Horsham dominated the first 15 minutes playing joined-up pressure hockey.

Horsham came close on several occasions and it was with a sense of disbelief that their opponents scored first against the run of play with a soft goal from a poor pass at the back.

Horsham continued to look the classier outfit and a great passing move saw John Burroughs find Jack Dean free in the D to convert a strong shot.

The teams turned round at 1-1, but 10 minutes into the second half Matt Hough converted a short corner after Burroughs was fouled. Horsham looked to be in cruise control, but more defensive confusion let Tulse Hill equalise.

The remaining 15 minutes was all Horsham. Showing excellent control Pete Neave drew a defender and with a perfect pass made space for Dean to score his second.

With two minutes to go it was Dean’s turn to make the play and find Joe Humphreys free at the right of the D.

Humphreys drilled the ball past the keeper’s head into the top left corner.

Manager Al Campbell said: “Whilst we let in two soft goals, the fact we gave away no short corners shows how well our defence is organised.

“If we can learn that composure up front we could have easily doubled our tally today.

“We are still third but Banbury could only draw and four of the five remaining games are against teams below us in the league with Banbury the last game this half. If we can keep an unchanged squad we could be solidly placed for New Year.”