Hornets buzzing as they progress in Sussex Cup

Tuesday November 10 – Sussex Senior Cup
Horsham 3 – 1 Peacehaven & Telscombe

Horsham have lost their last two cup matches to lower league sides but turned the tables on Tuesday night by fighting back to knock Ryman South Peacehaven & Telscombe out of the Sussex Senior Cup. The visitors, managed by former Hornets boss Simon Colbran, led at half time but a terrific second half performance from Horsham saw them run out worthy winners.
Although Peacehaven are in a poor run of form – having failed to win in their last eight matches – Horsham comfortably held their own and looked the better side against the kind of opposition they hope they will be toe to toe with next season.
Horsham got off to a good start looking the most likely to score but after 15 minutes the visitors took the lead in their first attack. Jack Rowhurst was given far too much time by the Hornets defence and his first time effort flew past Gareth Williams into the net.
The goal did not knock Horsham out of their stride and twice visiting ‘keeper Alieu Secko was called upon to keep his side in front by saving well from both Darren Boswell and Mark Knee. Despite having more of the ball and efforts on goal the referee’s whistle brought the first half to an end with Horsham still trailing from Rowhurst’s early goal.
It could and should have got a lot worse for the Hornets when immediately after the restart Josh Marshall, with only Williams in front of him, hit a quick shot straight at the Horsham keeper instead of taking time and a few more strides that would surely have resulted in doubling his sides lead. Horsham kept playing their football and were rewarded in the 52nd minute when after a fine move Kieron Pamment’s excellent ball into the box was met by Evan Archibald who gave Secko no chance from close range. Peacehaven could have regained the lead soon after but ex Hornet Jamie Brotherton’s fierce effort from distance was tipped over by Williams. Then on 75 minutes Horsham deservedly took the lead with a superb goal from Pamment who chipped the keeper to score in off the post. The match, and fine victory, was sealed with 7 minutes left on the clock through Terry Dodd’s header that Secko failed to keep out despite getting his hands to the ball.
Horsham will now turn their attention to league matters when the biggest game of the season so far – away to league leaders Newhaven – takes place tomorrow (Saturday November 14). Newhaven are one place and two points above second placed Horsham and after Tuesday evenings encouraging performance Di Paola’s team will be looking to take over top spot.
Horsham Team: Williams, Hunt, Storrie, Lewis, Jones, Knee, Shelley, Archibald, Dodd, Pamment, Boswell. Subs. Duncan, Jarman, Waller.


Dave Smith


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