Sunday 14 January 2018

Arun & Chichester League

A tricky game on paper it would seem, with Bracklesham having a reputation for being unbeaten at home and being one place behind Horsham in the league.

The game started brightly for Horsham, playing mostly in the Bracklesham half, but a defensive lapse after ten minutes gifted them a goal against the run of play. The game went on with chances for both sides and Adam and Tate were noticeable for putting in a serious shift during this period. The team, at times, looked sluggish and particularly lacked strength and ‘bite’ during certain phases – maybe working off the Christmas pud after the holidays! Several clear chances came Horsham’s way but unfortunately they failed to find the net. The game by now had been characterised by it being played down almost entirely down the right side and a goal for us did look imminent.

H/T Bracklesham 1 Horsham 0

A close chance from a corner for Bracklesham sounded alarm bells for the touchline fans as yet more chances went begging from the Hornets after the break.

After an injury to Tate, the shape of the team changed with Cameron dropping back and after five minutes Tate came back on in a midfield role. From then on Horsham turned the screw and, you could argue, locked the game down. From the left back a clever move pushed the ball up to Finley who took it onto Tate in the middle who very neatly put away the leveller. It had been a long time coming and it was deceptively simple and quick (isn’t it always?). Exactly four minutes later, Tate after a ding dong with their defence fired in a shot which in all honesty was going quite wide but it took a deflection off the keeper and it trickled in. As they say, ‘ you have to make your luck’.

The game played on with yet more chances for Horsham. Bracklesham faded slowly but not without their own chances as well. It was great game to watch, well contested by both teams and at half time you may well have settled for a draw. Horsham must, however, show greater strength in the tackle and take the chances they create for themselves if they want to compete at a higher level. Well done though lads, a deserved victory against a good side.

Man of the match: Adam Fitter (pictured)

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