Tuesday August 11- SCFL Premier Division
Horsham 3 – 0 Broadbridge Heath
The biggest crowd for nearly three years – the attendance being 335 – saw Horsham secure their first win of the new season in what was the first ever competitive match between the two clubs. A first half goal from Kieron Pamment followed by two in the second half from Mark Knee and Samir Hadi with no reply from ‘Heath was enough to give Horsham all three points in what was a lively and entertaining match.
Horsham boss Dom Di Paola was forced into one change from the draw at Hassocks on opening day, Adam Hunt coming in for the injured Keehan. Steve Painter made three changes from ‘Heath’s win at Wick, Jamie Robinson, Dan Attwater and Andy Waddington starting in place of Bevan, Balfour and Wragg.
The game was played at a fast pace with Pamment for Horsham showing early quick runs and forcing Chester in the visitor’s goal into a smart save. At the other end Bhujun made a breakaway at pace but instead of taking the more likely option of shooting he tried to find teammate Martin and the chance went begging.
Boswell and Shelley both had good attempts to no avail but the opener was not long in coming however, the lively Pamment putting the Hornets ahead in the 22nd minute.
Horsham keeper Williams pulled off a good stop just before half time from an Ollie Moore effort ensuring his side kept the single goal advantage going into the break.
It took just 14 minutes of the second period for Horsham to double the lead when a fierce free kick from Knee found the bottom corner of ‘keeper Chester’s goal.
The game was wrapped up in the 82nd minute when ‘Heath keeper Stuart Chester made a great stop from substitute Samir Hadi only to see the Horsham midfielder follow up the rebound and tuck the ball away for 3 – 0.
Horsham, most people’s favourites for the league title, will no doubt push on from here while ‘Heath, playing only their second season at this level, will take a lot of positives from this game and from their opening day away win.
After all the disappointments on and off the pitch last season Horsham Vice Chairman & CEO, John Lines, said after the game “I am delighted at the way the squad responded tonight after being disappointed with a point on Saturday. BBH have a good front line but we kept them at bay and took our chances. To cap it all a great crowd of 335 turned up to witness it.”
Goalscorers Horsham: Pamment (22) Knee (59) Hadi (82)