Pagham 0 – 1 Horsham
The customary end of season Horsham supporter’s fancy dress was given an obvious theme with the last match falling on St George’s Day, and as usual the Horsham faithful turned out in number, with many dressed in patriotic English attire.
League Champions Horsham were given a guard of honour by hosts Pagham as a mark of respect for the Hornets dominant and highly successful season.
Horsham had the best of the early exchanges and Pagham’s player of the season – ‘keeper James Binfield – had to be at his best to prevent Horsham going ahead.
With 20 minutes gone Ashley Jones’ header was stopped on the line by a home defenders arm and with referee Steve Hughes pointing to the spot it was the perfect opportunity for Horsham’s player of the season, Joe Shelley, to beat his Shoreham counterpart and put his side into the lead. However for the second time in succession skipper Shelley failed to convert the kick with his penalty hitting the foot of the post. Horsham did not have to wait long for the opening goal however as on the half hour a long Bradley Lewis ball found Darren Boswell who won the race to the ball with Binfield before toeing the ball into the net.
The second half was a product of the situation both teams were in – Horsham already champions and Pagham comfortably in the top half – and therefore was a typical end of season affair. Horsham were the better side but Binfield showed why he won player of the year with a series of good stops to deny all that Dodd, Pamment and co threw at him.
So as the whistle signalled the end of the season Boswell’s first half goal was enough to ensure that Horsham finished as they have done so many times this season – with a victory. The English themed support showed their appreciation of their teams’ efforts with joyous applause and another willingly grabbed excuse to celebrate.