Stocker backs his champions to step up and causes some shocks

Horsham (green) v Old Dunstonians. JPCT. 21-03-15. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150323-151539001
Horsham (green) v Old Dunstonians. JPCT. 21-03-15. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150323-151539001

Champions were crowned as Horsham sealed the London 3 South East title on Saturday and head coach Nick Stocker left little time in backing his side to continue to progress.

A rampant display saw the Green and Whites touch down seven tries to seal their long-awaited championship.

Horsham (green) v Old Dunstonians. JPCT. 21-03-15. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150323-145726001

Horsham (green) v Old Dunstonians. JPCT. 21-03-15. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150323-145726001

It has been 20 years since they last won a promotion and it was done in style at Hammerpond Road against third placed Old Dunstonians.

In many people’s eyes, the champagne has been on ice for a while, but the Horsham camp had refused to get carried away in title talk too early.

Saturday was their 19th win of the season - their only defeat came against second placed Dartfordians back in October - who to their credit have pushed Stocker’s side all the way.

But with promotion wrapped up at the start of the month, they have attained their highest league level in two centuries as champions with two league games to spare.

Horsham (green) v Old Dunstonians. JPCT. 21-03-15. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150323-145703001

Horsham (green) v Old Dunstonians. JPCT. 21-03-15. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150323-145703001

Stocker is aware it is a special moment in the club’s history and he has already pointed out his side are good enough to cause a few shocks next year in London 2.

He said: “We spoke a little earlier this season saying lets not set too many targets, I think as we progressed we realised we had the momentum.

“We are delighted and you can see by the way the guys have responded and celebrated, it’s no doubt good news.

“I can tell you now for a fact this team is good enough to do well, very well next year. I can tell you now, with a fair wind and injury permitting and everything like that, we will cause a few shocks.

“In every shape and form you can see the standards this side has and all they have done is grown a little bit older, worked a little bit harder and grown a little more hungrier.”

The champions travel to Uckfield on Saturday, before their last league game at home to basement side Hastings & Bexhill the following week.

That is before trying to clinch the double in the Bob Rogers Sussex Cup final in May, Stocked added: “That’s what we are building for now. Go on to win the next two games, get the banners, get the fireworks that all come with it on the final day of the season here and then really focus for one of the biggest games of the season trying to complete the league and cup double.”