Horsham suffered a last-minute defeat as they conceded with the last kick of the game at ten-man Burgess Hill on Monday night.
The Hornets didn’t register a shot on target throughout the whole match and nearly got away with a point until Greg Luer’s late intervention.
The first half proved to be a rather turgid affair, with the hosts creating only a couple of half-chances and Horsham spending most of the opening 45 in their own half.
A pin-point cross from the left in the 19th minute by Joe Kay could only be nodded wide by Danny Curd, despite it seeming easier to score.
Scott Kirkwood had a long-range effort flow wide before Luer saw his shot go over and Kay firing into the side netting as the hosts tried to get their noses in front.
The second half was a livelier affair with Byron Napper looking to have a decent claim for a penalty turned down after he was felled by home defender Sam Fisk.
The best chance of the game for the Hornets came in the 62nd minute when Jamie Cade saw his flick on drop just wide of the post. Just after, Luer shot straight at visiting goalkeeper Mark Zawadski from 20 yards before Curd saw his close range header saved by Zawadski following Neil Watt’s free-kick.
The hosts thought they had taken the lead when Kirkwood lobbed the keeper, only for Tom Graves to clear off the line just in time.
Zawadski then made a brilliant save from Burgess Hill Captain Joe Keehan when he was through on goal. The pendulum seemed to have swung the Hornets’ way when the hosts were reduced to ten-men as Lee Denyer saw red for raising his hands and throwing Cade to the floor after a wrestling match with the striker. The expected Horsham onslaught didn’t arrive, however, and instead their Sussex neighbours pinched a winner in the 95th minute when Luer beat Graves to a long ball and slotted past Zawadski.
Horsham manager Gary Charman told The District Post: “We didn’t deserve a point, even though it looked like we had seen it through. We were very poor in possession tonight, looked very tired and our keeper has kept us in it with some good saves.”
Charman admitted it was disappointing to lose the momentum of the two good performances previously but suggested the performance was more disappointing than the result. He also suggested a few new faces could be coming into the club soon, saying: “We haven’t got a plan B at the moment; we need a forward who can hold the ball up and flick it on. I applied for five players the other day, but they all got rejected due to the money side of things.”
The manager did reveal, however, that he expects to sign three players in the very near future with one being added straight after the defeat. The District Post believes this to be former Hornet and Central Midfielder Ryan Woodford, who was at Leylands Park to watch the loss.