Horsham overcome resilient Loxwood in cup clash

Tuesday March 1 – Peter Bentley Cup QF
Loxwood 1 – 2 Horsham

Horsham were made to work hard at Loxwood’s Recreation Ground in this local derby cup quarter-final but eventually progressed courtesy of goals from Kieran Pamment and Evan Archibald either side of a Mark Cave equaliser to keep the Hornets hopes of a double alive.
After some early exchanges that kept both keepers on their toes Horsham took the lead in the fourteenth minute. Kevin Keehan hit a long range effort that moved about in flight sufficiently enough that ‘keeper Sam Smith could only half parry the ball to Pamment who had the easy task of firing his shot into the net.
In what was a lively, all action, end to end game and chances came at both ends. Loxwood’s Ryan Richefond shot over without troubling Gareth Williams, ‘keeper Smith saved well from Pamment and Ashley Jones did well to prevent Charlie Pitcher equalising. That equaliser was not long in coming however. With 31 minutes gone Horsham had a rare casual moment at the back which allowed Cave the space to hammer the ball past Williams and leave the tie all square at the break.
Surprisingly the second half did not live up the intensity of the first and although there were the odd panics at each end both ‘keepers had a much quieter time of things. Then with the match looking to be a stalemate and extra time 12 minutes away Horsham grabbed the winner. In a move that spanned the length of the pitch Joe Shelley found Pamment who played a long pass through to Archibald who hit a superb effort passed Smith to see the Hornets into the semi-finals.
Attentions now turn to Saturday with the vital and possibly season defining clash with Eastbourne Town at Gorings Mead.
Horsham Team: Williams, Duncan, Storrie, Keehan, Jones, Farmer, Lewis, Hunt, Archibald, Pamment, Smith. Subs: Block, Boswell, Shelley, Martin, Knee.


Dave Smith

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