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Horsham Athletic
Withdean Youth FC
Sun 23 Sep 10:00 - League Full time

Horsham Athletic Away - Match Report

Withdean Make It 2 Wins Out Of 2 Away To Horsham.

On a cold, wet, miserable Sunday morning Withdean headed to Horsham for their first away fixture of the season. We knew Horsham were a top team as they were our opponents in the cup final and also won division one last season.

They started well and were playing some good football, Withdean were struggling to get a foothold in the game as Horsham’s pressure was increasing.

They got the opener, a goal they deserved with their impressive start to the game. We continued to battle and try to get a grip of the game but were unable to score before the break. We had a couple of late chances which were saved well from the keeper.

1-0 down at the break, no need to panic for the Withdean as we have been here many times before.

We started the second half well and started to dominate the game, debutant Faulkner was causing the Horsham defence some trouble and linked up well with our midfield.

Hyde, Rowley and Dilloway were putting in a big shift in the middle of the park, breaking up Horsham’s passing and enabling us to play.

Half way through the second period we got the leveller we deserved, some good work from Bendu out on the left saw him cut inside and play in Dilloway, who slotted home with his left foot. A goal to match his empathic performance so far.

The game could have gone either way from here as it really started to open up. Bourne and Jones were both performing well and ended most of Horsham’s attacks, however when they did break the line Knight was there to keep the game level with a number of impressive saves.

With fifteen to go an accurate cross from Guille who was pushed out to his favoured position found the head of Rowley, who rose highest to nod into the back of the net to put us in front. We just needed to see this out to ensure a great start to our season. There was a few late scares but again Knight showed us his class and kept us in front.

A massive three points, big performances from everyone in a tough game. A game we could look back on at the end of the season that could make all the difference.

Man of the match: from the first whistle to the last he was absolutely everywhere. Countless amounts of tackles, won big headers and when he the ball he played the right passes. Immense performance Ted Dilloway, well done.

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