SCFL Premier Division
Eastbourne United AFC 0 – 3 Horsham
Horsham’s last few matches have hardly been football classics but at this stage of the season, and with so much at stake, it’s about getting the results and Horsham have done that week in week out. The full time score made it look like a walk over for the Hornets but it was far from it with the nervy looking Horsham playing well below the high standard of football that they have produced all season.
Eastbourne United had an early chance that was saved by ‘keeper James Shaw before a long stoppage due to a head injury to United’s Zac Dove earned Kieran Pamment a yellow card for a high boot. When play got going again Joe Shelley just failed to connect twice to corner kicks and that was about it in terms of excitement in a very dull half until it came to first half stoppage time. Pamment broke into the box and with just ‘keeper Callum Christie to beat he shot against the post. Then 30 seconds later, and deep into stoppage time, Pamment made up for his miss by connecting with a long ball at the far post to tap in for a Horsham half time lead.
The second half could not possibly have been as bad as the first, but it had a good attempt.
Horsham did start better and had more efforts than their hosts throughout but it was very patchy.
The usually sharp Terry Dodd missed a couple of good chances followed by defender Ashley Jones, who headed wide when he should have hit the target.
Without really looking in danger all the time the lead was held by the solitary goal Horsham were vulnerable and it was with great relief when with 6 minutes of normal time remaining Pamment scored his and his teams’ second. After collecting Bradley Lewis’ through ball the Hornets forward rounded ‘keeper Christie and slotted the ball into the net. A very flattering third goal from substitute Evan Archibald followed 4 minutes into added time when he was played in by Ryan Storrie and had time to walk the ball into the empty goal.
Horsham now have third bottom Hailsham Town between them and a return to the Ryman League. They travel to East Sussex on Tuesday night to play them and then host them at Gorings Mead on Saturday.
Horsham Team: Shaw, Duncan, Knee, Keehan, Jones, Farmer, Shelley, Lewis, Dodd, Pamment, Boswell.
Subs: Archibald, Atkinson, Chadwick, Storrie.
Dave Smith – Sports Editor