Horndean beat Bristol to get promotion bid back on track

Willard Hans Shongue, right, returned to boost Horndean
Willard Hans Shongue, right, returned to boost Horndean
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Horndean notched up their fourth National League division two south win of the season with a 3-1 victory over Bristol.

They put up a sterling away display to get their promotion hopes back on track.

‘It was a vital win for us,’ said player coach Nasser Ssemuwemba.

‘We’ve always been bad travellers and Bristol was no exception.

‘We’ve never had the pleasure to send out a full-strength team on the road.

‘Originally, we only had six players ready for the trip.

‘But we were very lucky to complete the resigning of Willard Hans Shongue just hours before the match.’

The Deans were without key men Marcus Russell, Haakon Lie, Mark Byerley and Adamantios Xanthoudidis.

But the swift move to get Shongue on board paid dividends as his intelligent link-up with playmaker Leandros Tsikras caused the Bristol defence a lot of problems.

Tsikras, who was named man of the match, felt Shongue’s contribution was immense.

He said: ‘He (Hans) is a fantastic player and I’m glad that me and him have already forged a good relationship on court.

‘His reach is as good as any other top middle I’ve seen in the division. It was very easy for me to find him.’

Quick middle attacks 
and well-angled outside hits gave Horndean the first set 25-18.

And they took the second 26-24 with hard spiking and defending at its best.

Universal player Jakub Chruscicki and Damian Roberts were instrumental in converting the big points.

Horndean lost the third set before striking back to win the fourth 25-16 with Tsikras, Shongue, Steve Metherell and Ssemuwemba in full flow.

Shongue said: ‘It was a very tough much.

‘My body is going to hurt now because I’ve been out of action for some time.

‘But I’m pleased I helped the team to win.

‘It’s great to be back at Horndean.’

The Deans, who are now third in the league, host Dartford on Saturday at Highbury College (11am).