Football, by Andy Robinson –
Simon Colbran criticised his players after Horsham slumped to a worrying 3-1 defeat at Walton Casuals, who had previously failed to win at home all season.
The Hornets turned in a lacklustre display as their midweek frailties continued to leave them without a win in 2013. They have failed to score more than once in a match since the turn of the year.
Colbran, who branded this weekend’s derby at rock-bottom Three Bridges a must-win game, is frustrated that his players are making the same mistakes time and again.
He told The District Post: “I’ve put my hands up in the past, but I’ve told the players they need to go home and have a serious look at themselves.
“Everyone gets on with each other in the dressing room, but we’re not seeing that enough on the pitch.
“We aren’t putting ourselves about enough in the final third, we hardly made the keeper work tonight (Tuesday) and we need a prolific goalscorer, but they do come at a price.”
The hosts started brightly and looked like a team determined to finally give their home fans something to cheer.
A fierce 25-yard shot by Greg Andrews was turned behind by Hornets goalkeeper Michael Hunter before Sol Patterson-Bohner was twice off target for Casuals.
Patterson-Bohner was booked for a foul on Tom Gilbert. As he was becoming increasingly frustrated by the referee’s decisions and seemed a candidate to be sent off, the striker was substituted by Casuals boss Danny Carroll.
In the 25th minute, Hunter came racing out of his penalty area but was beaten to the ball by Mu Maan, who crossed for unmarked substitute Kwabena Agyei to tap in the opening goal.
Horsham fought back and were level within three minutes. Gareth Williams fumbled a high ball under pressure from the returning Tony Nwachukwu, enabling Ryan Marriott to finish well from the edge of the box.
The goal led to Horsham’s best period of the match, but chances for Eddie Koboah and Aaron Scott went begging and Casuals restored their lead when Maan capitalised on static defending just before half time.
Maan struck again 35 seconds into the second half when Andrews beat James Brockhurst to the ball and crossed for the former Bognor man to cap a miserable evening for Colbran’s men.
Koboah hit the bar from Marriott’s free kick and Matt Simpson headed over from close range, but this was an evening to forget for hardy visiting fans in the meagre crowd of 93.