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1st XV - Match centre

Horsham
Heathfield & Waldron
G Palmer, J Bell
Full time
T Johnson (2)
T Johnson
Sat 19 Nov 14:30 - London & SE Division - London 2 South East

Horsham defence shines despite difficult conditions

Horsham coach Richard Bell heralded their defensive display as they won their Sussex derby against Heathfield & Waldron to consolidate sixth place in London 2 South East.

The Green and Whites went behind from an early penalty Heathfield & Waldron penalty, but they were the only points of the entire afternoon for the visitors.

Winger George Palmer scored the first try after 24 minutes following excellent handling along the backline in difficult, wet conditions, having rounded his man to run in from 25 yards, which was converted by Tom Johnson.

Johnson then added a penalty on 30 minutes and Horsham went into half-time with a 10-3 lead.

On 65 minutes, again following good handling, opposite winger Jordan Bell squeezed into the corner and touched down, with Johnson again converting from the touchline.

Heathfield & Waldron incurred a red card in the final minutes as Horsham secured a valuable 17-3 win.

Bell was pleased with his side's defensive display, limiting the opposition to scoring through a single penalty.

He said: "It was probably our best defensive display all season. We've worked a lot in training about defence and organisation and making tackles, and we didn't give Heathfield a sniff on Saturday.

Every time we got in to an attacking position we seemed to give a penalty away at the break down or for offside.

It kept them in the game, but they never looked like scoring. We were defensively very sound."

The performance of his side was also pleasing for Bell, as the game was played in less than ideal conditions for rugby.

He added: "The pitch was great and the weather was great, and then the ref blew the first whistle and it chucked it down.

It did effect a few little knock-ons, but we scored two great tries. They were both scored out wide through fantastic handling, so the skills are there to produce it time after time.

A 17 year old scored on one wing, and an 18 year old scored on the other. Of the 18 players we had, 17 have come through the juniors, so it shows a lot about what we are trying to do as a club."

The result leaves Horsham in sixth place with five wins and four defeats to their name.

In what is seen as a transitional campaign, Bell is hoping that not only his side consolidate, but finish strongly this season.

He added: "If we can finish in the top half of the table, I think it will be a success. You're always positive as a coach, and we've got a tough game on Saturday against Old Colfeians who are second, but we've beaten them in the past. If we're at between 37 and 40 points at Christmas, we'll be confident we can finish the season strongly."

Horsham: N.Bell, Fisher, Barber, Goward, Clarkson, Smith, O'Reilly, Carvell; Walker, T.Johnson, J.Bell, W.Johnson, Wilde, Palmer, W.Bell. Replacements: Whiting, Pirt, Gray

Report by Matt Pole - WSCT

Key moments

23:00
Try George Palmer scores for Horsham
24:00
Conversion Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
30:00
Penalty Tom Johnson kicks a penalty for Horsham
64:00
Try Jordan Bell scores for Horsham
65:00
Conversion Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham

Highlights

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65:00 Conversion 17 - 0
Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
64:00 Try 15 - 0
Jordan Bell scores for Horsham
60:00 Sub Off
Andy Carvell is substituted off for Horsham
60:00 Sub On
Jonny Whiting is substituted on for Horsham
52:00 Sub Off
Emmet O'Rahilly is substituted off for Horsham
52:00 Sub On
Ben Pirt is substituted on for Horsham
51:00 Sub Off
Joey Walker is substituted off for Horsham
51:00 Sub On
Andy Gray is substituted on for Horsham
50:00 Yellow Card
Nick Bell is yellow carded for Horsham
End of period 1
30:00 Penalty 10 - 0
Tom Johnson kicks a penalty for Horsham
24:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
23:00 Try 5 - 0
George Palmer scores for Horsham
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Horsham
  • Heathfield & Waldron
  • 0
  • George Palmer Try 23:00'
  • Tom Johnson Conversion 24:00'
  • Tom Johnson Penalty 30:00'
  • Nick Bell Yellow Card 50:00'
  • Joey Walker Sub Off 51:00'
  • Andy Gray Sub On 51:00'
  • Emmet O'Rahilly Sub Off 52:00'
  • Ben Pirt Sub On 52:00'
  • Andy Carvell Sub Off 60:00'
  • Jonny Whiting Sub On 60:00'
  • Jordan Bell Try 64:00'
  • Tom Johnson Conversion 65:00'

Team selection

Bell, Will Bell, Will
Bell, Jordan Bell, Jordan
Wilde, Joe Wilde, Joe
Johnson, Will Johnson, Will
Palmer, George Palmer, George
Johnson, Tom Johnson, Tom
Walker, Joey Walker, Joey
Carvell, Andy Carvell, Andy
O'Rahilly, Emmet O'Rahilly, Emmet
Smith, Jordan Smith, Jordan
Clarkson, Adam Clarkson, Adam
Goward, Johnny Goward, Johnny
Barber, Giles Barber, Giles
Fisher, Iain Fisher, Iain
Bell, Nick Bell, Nick

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Medway 22 101
2. Old Colfeians 22 85
3. Dartfordians 22 81
4. Charlton Park 22 78
5. Beckenham 22 77
6. Hove 22 51
7. Horsham 22 47

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