HORNDEAN were left bruised after slumping to a fourth defeat in a controversial Men’s National Volleyball League division two south match at Guildford.
The Deans were outgunned 3-2 in an encounter that could have gone either way after a gruelling 2 hours and 11 minutes of explosive action.
But the talking point came early on when, with Horndean leading 11-8 in the first set, they were hit with an eight-point deduction for a mistake on a line-up sheet, having written the number one instead of eight in the starting box.
That proved crucial as Guildford went on to win 25-17.
‘It was very hard to take when the referees told us that they were going to wipe off our points because we had accidentally written a wrong number,’ said Horndean’s middle player Willard Hans Shongue.
‘What hurt most is that, before the start of the game, the second referee had actually gone around checking whether all the information we provided on our line-up sheet was correct and we were in our right rotation order. So, if he had done his job correctly, we would not have been in that situation – most especially after a ridiculous 19 rotation orders.
‘I know that we were both at fault. However, a bit of common sense would have sufficed. I don’t want to blame the referees for our losses but they have had a say in them so far this season.’
After also losing the second set. Horndean did not give up as they put up a spirited fight with a mixture of solid blocks from middle players Hans and Mark Harvey to win the third set 28-26.
The Deans were even more ruthless in the fourth, as outside spikers Haakon Lie and Stephen Metherell helped them claim a 25-15 success.
But their valiant display fell narrowly short in a tense 15-13 fifth-set loss, with Metherell named man of the match.
Horndean will be hoping for better fortunes this Saturday when they host rivals Team Southampton in a derby match at Mountbatten.