Sunday 14 January 2018
Sussex County Cup 4th round

Horsham Amber were back at home for the fourth round of the Sussex County Cup, Les Kempster Challenge Trophy. A minute’s silence was held before the match for Paul Candfield, Horsham’s former coach who sadly lost his fight with cancer shortly before Christmas. He would have been proud of this stylish win.

Horsham were on the offensive from the first whistle and were camped in the opposition’s half during the early stages. The pace of Joe Simpkin caused problems for Premier’s defence and, shortly after having an effort cleared off the line, he slotted home after a fine through ball from Sam Henderson. Horsham’s second was courtesy of a beautifully weighted dink by Zain Beg which an unmarked Simpkin slotted home. He then completed a fine hat-trick thanks to another Henderson assist. Horsham looked strong and disciplined across the park, with Leighton Read having one of his best games for the club in midfield. The visitors knocked on the door a few times, but Will Scurr was equal to any efforts on goal. Most of Premier’s breaks were quickly snuffed out by the pace and skill of centre back, Max Morris, at the heart of an impenetrable defence. Horsham’s fourth and final goal came from winger Max Warren, who spotted an opportunity to lob the ‘keeper and struck it beautifully into the corner of the net. After a first half of high quality play, the second was more evenly balanced, with few opportunities for either side as Horsham neutralised the game. Horsham face a difficult tie in the quarter finals against Rustington Otters, who have gained the upper hand on previous meetings.

Horsham: Will Scurr, Tom Matthews, Isaac Small, Max Morris, Joe Stevens, Leighton Read, Sam Henderson, Max Warren, Ben Embling, Joe Simpkin, Zain Beg
Subs: Nico Massimo, Lewis Bridle, Zach Barnett.

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