Greenwich Borough 0 V 2 Horsham

Martin Read – Sports Reporter
After the previous week’s setback against table topping Cray Wanderers, a
goal in each half enabled high flying Horsham to come away from Eltham’s
Drive Stadium in Greater London with all three precious points – reprising the
score when they met Greenwich Borough at Clulver Road, Lancing in late
November and keeping the Hornets’ play off aspirations firmly on track. But,
the visit was not entirely straightforward: the churning wind was something of
a leveller, coupled with the hosts’ relegation plight obliging them to battle for
every elusive crumb of comfort, Greenwich being unaccustomed to their
current bottom placing following playoff appearances in the last two seasons.
Horsham, though, took an early lead when Joe Shelley headed in Lee
Harding’s free kick. Spurred on, Greenwich promptly created two golden
opportunities, but Tyreece-Walters’ headers were both wayward. Rob
O’Toole’s long range punt was then also off target, followed by forays from
Chris Smith, Jack Brivio and Harding all failing to bear fruit, the first half
ending with Horsham in front by the single goal after further unrewarded
efforts from Kieran Lavery, Smith and Harding.
The swirling gale stepped up a gear after the break, but Horsham did not have
long to wait to double their advantage, Smith coolly scoring from the spot after
Shelley had been pushed by Fairweather-Johnson. Creditably, Greenwich
kept trying, the lively Joe Wickes and Tyreece-Walters testing the defence
and when action switched to the other end, Brivio was thwarted by the legs of
Greenwich keeper Ollie Webber before the wind intervened when Smith
looked likely to score. Steve Metcalf then covered much ground into the area
only to be dispossessed at the critical moment before Richardson-Brown was
unable to get the ball past Webber. Olutoysi Olusanya set off on a one man
crusade to give Greenwich a point, only to see his shot negated by Pelling
before launching another attempt skyward just before Horsham celebrated
their win.
Despite losing to fourth-placed Hastings last Saturday, the title is Cray
Wanderers for the taking unless they fold dramatically, but the next four teams
are very tightly bunched, with every point like gold dust. On Saturday current
runner up Horsham return to Lancing to host fellow play off hopefuls Ashford
United. Leaders Cray are 13 points clear of Horsham, who have 58 points
from 30 games. Ashford has played 29 games and is on 57, while Hastings
and fifth in the table Haywards Heath have 56 and 55 points respectively.
After the Ashford game Horsham has five fixtures remaining – Sevenoaks
(away), Sittingbourne (H), Herne Bay (A), Faversham Town (H), culminating
with Guernsey in the Channel Islands on Easter Monday – all of these
opponents are in the bottom half of the table, with Sittingbourne the only team
of the five to have beaten Horsham this season.

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