Wednesday January 21 – Ryman League Division One South
Horsham 2 – 1 East Grinstead Town
By Dave Smith – Sports Editor
A late header from Tom Hughes earned the Hornets three vital points in their fight to retain Ryman League status at Gorings Mead on Wednesday evening. The result gave all connected with the club something to cheer after Tuesday’s disappointment of Horsham District Council’s refusal to allow the new ground development at Hop Oast.
Immediately after the game Anthony Storey and Cliff Cant were appointed joint-managers until the end of the season and they will now be looking to string a series of results such as this together and renew the hopes of survival.
The management pair have totally changed the look of the side and the line up is now unrecognisable from the one that was putting in so many lacklustre displays at the end of last year. Another two new faces were added to the squad for this match, Jack Hope came in at left-back for the injured Lewis Hamilton having previously played for Redhill and Ehis Izokun, who joined from Sittingbourne, was on the bench.
Hughes late winner came after Trevor McCreadie had equalised on the half hour mark to cancel out an early goal from East Grinstead, this was McCreadie’s first goal in this his second spell with the club.
Despite the setback of the disappointing home defeat against Herne Bay last Saturday the new look Hornets look capable of winning games and of getting some consistency and discipline into their play. An early opportunity to get back to back wins comes this Saturday when the new management duo take the Hornets to Walton Casuals in the hope of bagging another three points that would further chip away at the gap between them and safety.
If Anthony Storey and Cliff Cant have manage to steer the Hornets to safety come the end of April it will of been ‘A Great Escape’ of the magnitude that Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson would have been proud of!
Photo of Tom Hughes winning goal by John Lines