Horley Town v Hanworth Villa
Back to Back League Wins
Following Mondays morale boosting league win against neighbours Redhill , we were faced with the task of playing an as yet unbeaten Hanworth Villa.
Predictably the game was a tense affair with the visitors dominating the ball in the opening half an hour although we were able to keep the chances against us to a premium.
An unexpected water break right on thirty minutes enabled a tactical change and the improvement was immediate with chances for Alex Barbary
, well saved by the visiting keeper , and skipper Butch Smith who should have done better when well placed.
At the break it was all square which given our finish to the half was probably just about deserved.
We started the second period well and were unfortunate to be on the wrong end of a harsh penalty decision which allowed Hanworth to take the lead . I guess if it was at the other end we would have felt hard done by if it wasn't awarded so what happened later in the game sums football up.
As the game went on it did appear that the visitors had settled for a one nil win and the emphasis of their approach changed allowing us to have a lot more of the ball. We were creative occasionally although not often enough but with a substitution to add to our attacking threat we remained hopeful even as the clock showed seven minutes to go . With the change explained to the oncoming Tate Greenaway we delayed the substitution for us to take a hotly disputed corner from which Jack Poplett
headed home. Temporarily the change was delayed as the bench frantically deliberated over whether to settle for a point or go for the three points. Within a minute the decision was made and with Horley dominating the game an attacking change was made.
As we entered stoppage time it appeared that despite everything the game would end in a draw, however a moment of hesitancy from Hanworths keeper and a typically robust challenge from the tenacious Tate Greenaway saw the loose ball retrieved and a calm pass to Sam Cockerill
who gleefully side footed home past the hapless defender.
A long stoppage ensued as the keeper received treatment for a full ten minutes resulting ultimately in him leaving the pitch and an agonising three minutes remained which we saw out for a fine second win in a week.