Another defeat leaves Horsham in a relegation battle

In blustery conditions and looking to put Saturdays defeat behind them the Hornets took a  first minute lead through Jamie Cade only to see it wiped out 5 minutes later by a swift Worthing attack and a Max Howell finish.

Despite being under a lot of pressure from the home side it was the Hornets that again took the lead. A quick break out of defence led to Cade being brought down in the box and Tony Nwachukwu stepped up to convert from the spot.

But again the hosts struck back. A poor clearance by the Horsham defence led to a returned ball landing at the feet of Worthing’s Cody who seemed a good way offside, his shot was stopped on the line by Thorpe in the Hornets goal but inexplicably the goal was allowed to stand.

However this half of twists and turns was not yet over when following a corner Lewis Hamilton was first to react and his fierce drive gave Horsham a 3-2 advantage that they took into the half time break.

Manager Charman’s hopes of building on the first half’s resilience took an early dent when debutant goalkeeper Thorpe fumbled a flick on from Worthing’s Howell, allowing the ball to cross the line for the host’s equaliser.

Playing with the wind at their backs Worthing were having all the play and eventually took the lead on the hour mark. Worthing’s lively winger Pammant, a thorn in the Hornets side all night, got the better of the Horsham defence to find centre back Gaskin who scored with ease.

The now rampant hosts scored again with 5 minutes remaining, again through centre back Gaskin, this time lobbing Thorpe from 30 yards.

The defeat leaves the Hornets dangerously close to the relegation places with the need to replace the influential Billy Dunn and to shore up the leaking back line a priority.

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