Sunday 4th March 2018
Sussex County Cup Quarter-Final
Horsham Amber faced league leaders Rustington Otters in the County Cup on Sunday and it was a well fought match, despite the one-sided score line.
With several players injured or unavailable, Horsham field an unfamiliar looking team, but competed well in the opening exchanges. Otters opened the scoring with an opportunistic chip over ‘keeper Will Scurr, but Amber fought back and came within a whisper of an equaliser. Joe Simpkin stretched his legs on the wing and provided a fine cross that was just beyond the reach of striker, Zain Beg. The home side’s second was fortunate, with a cross ricocheting off ‘keeper and the woodwork and into the path of a grateful striker to tap home. Amber refused to buckle and quickly won a penalty, but Sam Henderson dragged his effort wide. Otters netted a third on half time with a superb free kick, which Will could do nothing about. It just wasn’t Horsham’s day, with both sides carving out chances but Rustington proving more clinical.
A reshuffle at half time settled Amber’s defence well and they played with more composure. The second half was a tight affair, and Horsham missed opportunities to apply pressure on the hosts. In the latter stages, Otters added gloss to the score line, but Tony Massimo will be pleased that every player gave the 110% he demanded. Debutants Tate Stevens and Cameron Stevens deserve praise for their performances against exceptional opposition.
Horsham: Will Scurr, Lewis Bridle, Sam Henderson, Max Morris, Tom Matthews, Isaac Small, Leighton Read, Joe Simpkin, Tate Stowell, Zain Beg, Nico Massimo
Sub: Cameron Stevens