Another win for Horsham – bring on the play-offs !

Monday April 22 – The Bostik League – South East Division

Guernsey 1 2 Horsham

Martin Read – Sports Reporter
Horsham’s visit to Footes Lane, St Peter Port for their final league game of
the season ended happily with victory over bottom of the table Guernsey,
extending the Hornets’ unbeaten run to 15 games over the last three months.
Horsham led for much of the game, but were pleased – and slightly relieved –
to hear the final whistle after the hosts had scored in the closing minutes.
Although Guernsey has to travel to Sittingbourne to try to stave off relegation,
they belied their parlous situation 17 places below Horsham, providing worthy
opposition for the Hornets. Horsham, though began with promise, Lee
Harding supplying onrushing Rob O’Toole, but the resultant strike was off
target, as was O’Toole’s subsequent aerial attempt. A further opportunity
followed, but, with only Guernsey keeper Callum Stanton to beat, Chris Smith
could only crash Kieran Lavery’s pass onto the crossbar. But, Horsham did
soon go in front – in the 21st minute – when Lavery broke through
unchallenged, this time Smith making no mistake. Then, Harding and Smith
both tested the Guernsey defence before Lavery headed over, and
subsequently saw his shot deflected for a corner. However, Guernsey were
not submitting, Liam Mahon sending in two attempts, but Horsham led by the
single goal at the break.
The second half started quietly, until Smith latched onto a defensive error to
no avail and Lavery headed wide, but a goal soon came, Harding intercepting
an unwise back pass to get the ball past Stanton. Yet, Horsham’s grip on the
game was loosened when dangerous midfielder Carlos Canha unleashed a
booming drive to give Guernsey a glimmer of hope, clawing back the deficit in
the 88 th minute. Alarm bells rang when five minutes of extra time were added
and Canha had a free kick at close corners, but Mant was up to the challenge
just before time evaporated, Horsham winning 2-1.
In their best showing for 13 season, Horsham end up second (behind Cray
Wanderers) and have Saturday off, the fixture against Thamesmead Town
having been cancelled after the Dartford based side were obliged to go into
liquidation. Through finishing second, the Hornets have the advantage of a
home semi final in the play-offs – against either Ashford United or Haywards
Heath at Lancing on Monday (29 th ) at 7.30pm, and, should they reach the final
then that game will also be at Lancing on Friday May 3 rd , again starting at


Photo courtesy of John Lines

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