Hornets earn a cup replay

Horsham earned themselves a replay in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup with a 1-1 draw at Combined Counties Premier Division side South Park.

Another goal from Captain Gary Charman, his fifth of the season, had given the Hornets the lead but the hosts hit back twelve minutes later through Kieran Lavery, which meant the teams had to replay on Tuesday at Gorings Mead.

The hosts started the much better side and should have taken the lead when Charman lost the ball to Chris Smith, who controlled it and unleashed a 20 yard strike, which had to be tipped wide by Hornets goalkeeper Michael Hunter.

Hunter again had to be alert just one minute later when Smith, yet again, fired a 20 yard bullet towards the top corner but the goalkeeper palmed the ball away.

The first chance of note for Horsham came midway through the first half when Gabriel Odunaike rounded goalkeeper James Wastell and his chip was nodded off the line by Justin David.

The visitors did take the lead in the 27th minute when an inswinging free-kick from Ross Morley was nodded in by Charman.

Lavery had a shot tipped over for the hosts ten minutes later as they responded well, before he equalised straight afterwards when his shot squirmed under Hunter.

The Hornets dominated the second half, with substitute Ryan Marriott having two golden chances.

Firstly, he fired over from 20 yards and then his shot from a tight angle stung Wastell’s fingertips.

The best chance came a minute from time when Miles Mitchell got down the left and crossed for Junior Gomez, but he put over from six yards and the Hornets had to settle for a replay.

Horsham manager Simon Colbran told The District Post: “I was disappointed with the first half as we took a while to get going but the second half was much better and we started very quickly. A draw isn’t a bad result as South Park are a decent side and we’re still in the cup.”

Colbran was also pleased to see his side stretch their unbeaten run to seven matches and praised the fans for travelling in their numbers: “We’re becoming hard to beat and it’s down to the fans, I love them and can’t praise them enough. They were there for us again and hopefully we can reward them by getting through because I love the FA Cup, it gives the club and the supporters a buzz.”

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