Sunday 29 October 2017
Arun & Chichester League Division A
Horsham Amber had something to prove at the return fixture to Rustington Otters, following a 7-2 home defeat earlier in the season. Starting with a strong defensive line of Matthews, Morris, Henderson and Stevens, Amber started in a positive fashion, with much of the early play in the Rustington half. The wingers were getting into dangerous positions and Will Walton battled hard in midfield. However, Rustington’s tall and powerful centre backs withstood the pressure and it was Otters that broke the deadlock with a clinical counter-attack. Horsham searched for an equaliser and one almost came from a pacey run by winger Max Warren. His angled shot was well saved, although Horsham’s centre forwards were hoping for a cut back. Horsham continued to push forward, with Joe Stevens putting in a notable performance at right back. But Rustington were dangerous on the break and were only denied a second by an outstanding double save from Will Scurr.
After the break, a strong spell of play from Rustington lead to a corner, which was headed home for number two. This was closely followed by another goal in similar circumstances, with the home team making the most of their height advantage. To their credit, the Horsham boys never gave up. Manager Tony Massimo made changes to strengthen the attack and pushed Sam Henderson up front. The switch almost paid dividends immediately, with a trademark Henderson charge leading to an excellent cross for Zack Barnett, but a very unfavourable bobble summed up Horsham’s luck on the day. As Horsham searched for goals, the defence were left exposed as Otters added two more late on. Whilst worthy victors, the final score of 5-0 didn’t reflect what had been a closely-contested match. Horsham will take confidence from having given Rustington Otters side a good game.
Horsham: Will Scurr, Sam Henderson, Max Morris, Joe Stevens, Tom Matthews, Ben Embling, Leighton Read, Will Walton, Max Warren, Joe Simpkin, Zain Beg
Subs: George Edgley, Lewis Bridle, Nico Massimo, Zach Barnett