Horsham scrap out another three points
Matt Hough keeps up his shortie record and makes winner for Jack Dean
In a scrappy game Horsham beat West Hampstead 2-1 at Broadbridge Heath. WH have been a tough nut to crack – the fixture here last year ending 0-0 and the return game was a hard fought 3-2 victory. Three points here were essential to keep Horsham in contention in third place in the league.
Playing a full press from the start Horsham won four short corners in quick succession. The WH keeper saved the first three but after 7 minutes Matt ‘goal-a-game’ Hough extended his record finding a gap between the keeper and the right hand post.
The game was still mostly Horsham but a break by the visitors found a foot in the D and Burlinson in the home goal could only parry the short corner onto a WH stick for an easy conversion to level the scores. Horsham regrouped and through an attack down the left Hough turned provider with a long through ball that found Jack Dean with space to deflect into goal.
The teams resumed at 2-1 but during the half both teams suffered from ‘sin-binning’ for minor errors. It led to a disrupted second period although Horsham remained the better side, had a good shout for a penalty rejected and several near misses, whilst keeping WH at bay. With a few of the Horsham defenders under pressure credit to Dave, Seye and Freddie for putting in a shift full of composure and defensive 'grunt'.
The focus us now on the remaining fixtures before Christmas. The next three games are against sides at the bottom of the division and nine points from nine would set us up nicely for the Banbury game in the last fixture this year.