League Round 4 and it’s time to travel a bit further afield and visit Horsham RFC.
It’s not been the happiest of starts for Horsham. The opening round was a 36-16 defeat at Guildford and the following week Chichester visited Horsham’s Coolhurst Ground and came away with a 38-12 win. The third game of the season took them to Battersea Ironsides and another loss, time by 25 points to 15. They currently sit third from bottom with no league points but ahead of London Cornish and London Irish on points difference. Centre Oliver Chennell is their highest scorer this season with a try, three conversions and four penalties so far. Taylor Morris came off the bench against Guildford to be the only forward to have scored a try so far with wing Austin Emens and half backs Aaron Linfield and Jordan Bell adding one each to the back’s tally.
Horsham finished the 2019/20 season mid-table with 11 wins and 11 losses. It was their first season in the league after successfully navigating the playoffs and gaining promotion from London 2 South East.
Founded in 1928, the club played their early games on farmland before sharing a home with Horsham Cricket Club. A variety of home venues filled the years between 1968 and 1972 when they took residence at Coolhurst where they have stayed ever since. Not ones to stand still, their ground has undergone numerous upgrades since then, most recently the completion of the new 4G pitch in time for the start of the 2018/19 season.
In contrast London Welsh have won their opening three games and are at the top of London 1 South. Last Saturday’s long awaited return to ODP saw a 64-10 win against London Cornish. Ten tries, seven in the second half moved the season total to 22 (including a penalty try) and, showing the depth of talent in the squad, these have been shared across 15 players and indeed the match itself seeing a squad rotation with many players rested in 12 changes to the starting lineup.
The withdrawal of Haywards Heath from the league makes the league table slightly more difficult to interpret but, having also played three games, Chichester are second in the league, separated from Welsh on points difference. Medway occupy third place but have a game in hand.
London 1 South FIxtures – Sat 25th Sept
|September 25, 2021||3:00 pm||London 1 South||2021/22||80'|
|Hammerpond Road, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 6PJ|