HORNDEAN are finding life difficult in National Volleyball League division two south.
The Deans, who gained promotion after blitzing all their opponents last season, slumped to yet another defeat – this time away to second-placed City of Bristol.
The 3-0 loss was their third in the league this term, leaving them sixth in the table and player-coach Nasser Ssemuwemba questioning his side’s fighting spirit.
‘This was our worst performance so far,’ said Ssemuwemba.
‘It’s the only match that we’ve played and not won a set, which is quite disappointing.
‘We looked lost, disjointed and lacked the will to get stuck in.
‘If we don’t get our act together sooner rather than later we are bound to end up as this season’s division two punch bags.’
Horndean paid the price for a slow start, losing the first set 25-20.
That approach was repeated in the second, with Bristol easing to a 25-15 success, before the hosts rounded off a miserable day for Horndean with a 25-23 win in the third.
‘For some reason this season we just cannot get going,’ added Ssemuwemba.
‘We tend to struggle at the start of games and, by the time we get fired up, our opponents are already miles ahead.
‘There are a lot of areas where we need to improve.’
The Deans’ next game is against Flaming Six Aces at Battersea Youth Centre this Sunday.