South League Premier Div. 2
Horsham Men’s 1st XI 1 – 2 London Edwardians
Horsham’s defence negated high-flying London Edwardians and then outplayed them in the second half but ended pointless, dropping to fifth in the table.
First half Horsham attacks lacked venom but they held Edwardians at bay, clearing short corners and benefiting from a disallowed goal until just before the break the visitors hammered a fast high shot into the corner of the net.
Seven minutes after the resumption Jack Dean broke through and, skirting the keeper, equalised with an outstanding goal. Energised Horsham then delivered a sustained purple patch with wave after wave of attacks, John Burroughs scything through. But, with three short corners unrewarded and, crucially, Cirdec Atkinson shooting just wide before Freddie Campbell’s send off for pushing on a highly promising solo charge, the score remained level. Then, suddenly Edwardians looked menacing with two short corners before pulling off an opportunist killer goal just before the final whistle to sneak off with the points – their fifth win from as many starts.
Horsham Team Manager Al Campbell said: “We were by far the better side in the second half and were a bit unlucky.” Horsham defender Dom Cohen added: “In such an intensive game against strong opposition we needed 15 players to call on so it was galling that a warm up injury denied us the services of Duncan (Howarth – Horsham captain)”.