Sunday 4th February 2018
Arun & Chichester League Division A
An excellent defensive display ensured that a depleted Horsham claimed three points, despite a spirited challenge by Otters Youth. Whilst the result hints at a comfortable encounter, the sides were evenly matched until the latter stages and Horsham’s victory came courtesy of great defensive displays from Josh Buttle, Lewis Bridle and the outstanding captain, Max Morris.
Missing several regular starters to injury and illness, Horsham started sluggishly and failed to gain a foothold in midfield. With only fifteen minutes played, ‘keeper Will Scurr was injured in a late challenge and, without any substitutes, Horsham were forced to continue with ten men. Only a super save from stand-in ‘keeper Joe Simpkin prevented Otters from taking a deserved lead. In the second half, with the wind now behind them and with Scurr battling on between the posts, Horsham enjoyed more possession. But there was a sense of relief when Ben Embling finally opened the scoring with a well taken strike. Zain Beg, who created several opportunities for the wingers with clever slide rule passes, fired home Horsham’s second after great work by Max Warren. A third quickly followed, with Leighton Read, who also impressed in a much-improved second half performance, nodding home from Beg’s corner. Right until the final whistle, Otters Youth looked dangerous on the counter-attack and deserve credit for their part in an entertaining and feisty encounter.
Horsham: Will Scurr, Josh Buttle, Max Morris, Lewis Bridle, Ben Embling, Joe Stevens, Leighton Read, Joe Simpkin, Max Warren, Nico Massimo, Zain Beg