Saturday December 5 – SCFL Premier Division
Horsham 4 – 0 Pagham
Dave Smith – Sports Editor
After two weeks without a game, Horsham quickly got back into their stride with a four goal demolition of Pagham at Gorings Mead last Saturday.
The visitors – a team with promotion hopes of their own – were blown away by four goals in a frantic 24 minutes of the second half putting a dent in their play-off aspirations while maintaining the Hornets drive for automatic promotion.
Having paid their own tribute to club servant Mick Browning before kick-off Horsham put in a determined display against a well organised side who had previously only lost four league matches this season.
The first half, although goalless, was an entertaining affair with chances aplenty for both sides with both goalkeepers’ needing to be alert to maintain parity.
Pagham’s best chance of the half fell to ex-Hornet Scott Murfin who, following a good strong run, slammed his effort against the post and the Horsham defence were able to clear the danger. Pagham keeper’ James Binfield then had to be at his best to save a close range header from Terry Dodd and then Joe Shelley’s header was frantically cleared by the visiting defence before Charlie Farmer fired over when he should have hit the target. The last action of the half saw the lively Dodd through on goal but the Horsham frontman fired his shot high over Binfield’s goal.
The second half continued its end to end pattern with Kieron Pamment forcing a save out of Binfield and then Johan Van Driel picked out Dan Simmonds who forced Hornets ‘keeper Gareth Williams to push his fierce effort away for a corner.
Minutes later the deadlock was finally broken when Dodd’s cross was met by Pamment who saw his deflected shot fall to the feet of substitute Jack Rowe-Hurst who had the simple chance of scoring his first Horsham goal.
Five minutes later it was 2-0. Captain Joe Shelley set out on a run that took him past a number of Pagham players before cleverly playing a disguised pass to Dodd whose shot found the net despite the best efforts of ‘keeper Binfield.
With 72 minutes gone the game was killed off as a contest as Horsham hit their third and best goal through a superbly timed Dodd volley, and then with eight minutes left and after good play from Rowe-Hurst, Luke Huggett got his first for the club by smashing a loose ball past Binfield.
Tomorrow (Saturday December 12) Horsham host lowly Hassocks at Gorings Mead and with leaders Eastbourne Town on cup duty the Hornets have a chance to regain top spot in the Premier.
Horsham Team: Williams, Duncan, Knee, Martin, Jones, Farmer, Shelley, Hunt, Dodd, Pamment, Archibald. Subs: Storrie, Rowe-Hurst, Huggett, Hadi.