Play off spot beckons as Horsham win again

Saturday March 30 – The Bostik League – South East Division

Horsham 3 1 Sevenoaks Town

Martin Read – Sports Reporter
In their last but one game at their temporary Lancing home, Horsham
completed a seasonal double against out of form Sevenoaks, the ultimately
comfortable win leaving the Hornets needing just one more success from their
last four games to secure a much coveted place in the play offs for promotion
to the Bostik Premier Division. Early on, Horsham keeper Josh Pelling could
only push out a shot by Lauris Chin and the Hornets were reprieved when the
resultant Ryan Fowler strike hit the upright. Then, Horsham’s quiet start saw
them under pressure again, but Kyle de Silva was twice thwarted by
determined defensive work. Horsham responded, but Rob O’Toole was
unable to connect with Tyrell Richardson-Brown’s cross ahead of another
header from a corner being safely gathered by Sevenoaks’ goalkeeper Bridle-
Card. However, a diving header by the ever persistent O’Toole gave Horsham
the lead after 21 minutes, when the hosts failed to clear a corner. But, a
golden opportunity to go two up went begging when Chris Smith’s penalty
attempt was denied by the woodwork. Lee Harding was then blocked by
Bridle-Card, but Horsham were calling the shots with O’Toole keeping the
Sevenoaks back line on their toes, half time arriving with Horsham leading
Horsham, though, doubled their lead soon after the re-start when Smith made
amends for his penalty miss with a clean conversion of O’Toole’s cross.
Energised and with victory within their grasp, Horsham strove for a killer third
goal and it duly came when O’Toole gleefully accepted Richardson-Brown’s,
supply to skirt the keeper and tap in. And, it might have got even better, but
Harvey Sparks’ shot was just off target. Horsham then relaxed, allowing
Sevenoaks a late consolation goal, which although of little consequence,
prevented a Horsham hat trick of clean sheets.
But, currently third and needing to finish in the top five to feature in the play
offs, Horsham visit 14 th placed Sittingbourne on Saturday – in their last game
the Kent side lost to bottom club Greenwich Borough, but Horsham will be
looking to avenge their 2-1 defeat by Sittingbourne at Culver Road in August.
Then, on April 13 the Hornets travel further into east Kent to play Herne Bay
(16 th ), before, on the following Saturday, they have their final home game at
Lancing against another Kent side – Faversham (17 th ). Play offs apart,
Horsham finish their league programme with a visit to the Channel Islands to
take on 18 th in the table Guernsey on Easter Monday. Earlier in the season
Horsham beat Herne Bay and Faversham and drew with Guernsey.

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