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Women go for Sussex Cup glory on Saturday

8 months ago By David Chappell

Two BHHC teams in finals at East Grinstead

Two Brighton and Hove Hockey Club women’s teams are aiming to crown the 2017-18 season with silverware when they play in Sussex KO Cup finals at East Grinstead on Saturday afternoon (May 12).

The women's first team tackle Horsham in the showpiece final at 2.30pm while the 5s go for a promotion and cup double in the Plate final at 12.30pm

Another close game with Horsham is expected as BHHC 1s look to cap this season’s achievement of consolidating their league position – eighth - after being promoted to South League division one. While Horsham are perennial cup finalists, Brighton have seen off Chichester 3-1 and East Grinstead 4-1 in their excellent run to the final and have a full squad available.

Horsham finished second behind Surbiton 2s in South League division one, losing only one game all season, boasting the meanest defence (18 goals conceded in 22 matches) and have been promoted to the National League.

While they won both league games against Brighton and Hove this season, the matches were tight affairs, 3-1 at Blatchington in October and 1-0 thanks to a late goal in the return fixture at Christ’s Hospital in January.

The women’s 5s are going for a cup and promotion double to round off a spectacular season under their joint captains Rachel Slaughter and Amy Drinkwater (aka Rach and Drinky).

BHHC ran away with the Sussex division two championship, winning 18 of their 22 matches (the last 14 in a row), scoring 87 goals in the process and putting the disappointment of the near miss of the previous season behind them. They move up to division one next season, where they will join BHHC 4s and Southwick 1s, their opponents in the Sussex Plate final on Saturday, so this will be an early taste of the standard to be expected next season.

Supporters from BHHC will be going to East Grinstead on the day in cars (information on that is circulating among the women’s teams Whatsapp groups) to cheer on both sides, and the club wishes them the best of luck in their quests for cup silverware.

East Grinstead Sports Club is on Saint Hill Road, East Grinstead RH19 4JU. There are three Sussex Ladies KO Cup finals to be played there on Saturday:

10am: Vase final – Mid Sussex 2s v South Saxons 2s
12.30pm: Plate final – Brighton and Hove 5s v Southwick 1s
2.30pm: Cup final – Brighton and Hove 1s v Horsham 1s

Updated 08:58 - 22 May 2018 by Matt Sale

Where next?

No cup joy for BHHC women in Sussex finals Horsham win 2-0 against battling 1s while 5s lose out on penalties to Southwick 1s
Record 42 juniors nominated for development coaching BHHC send ever greater numbers to summer Academy Centres in Sussex

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Men's 2nd XI Gore Court 1
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