Hellingly’s first defeat in 12 months is ‘wake up call’

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It was bound to happen at some point. After twelve months without losing a cup or league match, Hellingly finally met their match against Horley.

The game started with Horley in the ascendancy, although it was Hellingly who notched first, with Dave Sands stretching to make the score 0-7.

Horley scored in the corner for 5-7 but Hellingly responded - Tom Stone stepping the defence for 5-14. Horley mauled their way to Hellingly’s line for 10-14 and then came strong again, when Sam Barrat made a try-saving tackle but dislocated his shoulder in the process.

Torrential rain delayed play for 30 minutes but the interval proved the turning point as Horley came back re-energised scoring under the posts for 17-14.

The second half started with a levelling penalty for 17-17 but, from there,Horleygot into Hellingly’s half and score almost at will for a desperate five tries without return to see the final score settle at 46-17 to the home side. Coach Nigel Gossedge said, “This is a wake up call.”