Ryman Football League South Division
Horsham 1 – 1 East Grinstead Town
Horsham led the game from early until late, only to be denied the three points when East Grinstead scored with ten minutes left. But, the Hornets extended their unbeaten run to eight league games – five wins and three draws.
Both sides had similar chances, yet it was a fairly lack lustre encounter. Belying their 19th position, East Grinstead had the first shot of the match, blazing over and challenged again when the ball was threaded through Horsham’s midfield. Then a Darren Boswell blast from a free kick was palmed round the post for a corner, which was not completely cleared, enabling Charlie Palmer to put Horsham in front from close range on the left. Grinstead responded with two ineffectual forays until their centre forward Tashie Kwayie hit the deck in the box in a contest with Horsham skipper Ash Jones, but Josh Pelling dived correctly, saving Marcus Elliott’s penalty low to his left.
Corners followed at each end and Pelling rushed out to stop a drive with his feet before Elliott found the net, but only after the ref had blown for offside. Just before the break an innocuous looking Grinstead free kick was pushed off for their third corner but it was safely gathered by Pelling.
On the resumption a Boswell shot was somehow averted. An inventive Grinstead back-heel was then saved before a Farmer through ball set up Lawley to no avail. Boswell and Farmer challenged but Grinstead’s forwards were having a quiet time – until, seemingly from nowhere, Elliott latched onto a Travis Gregory cross to head home the equaliser. A Grinstead push was neutralised before a valiant Lawley run and a George Branford free kick came to nought as Horsham pressure was kept at bay with both sides relieved to share the points. Horsham Coach Ian Browne said: “A fair enough result really – they’re a better side than their position suggests and we were unbeaten again.”
On Saturday the Hornets, now 12th on goal difference behind South Park, travel to 4th in the table Carshalton Town, to whom they lost 3-1 at home last August. Tooting & Mitcham top the table from Dorking Wanderers.