Horsham Amber dropped points for the first time this season as they were held by hard-working Rottingdean. Only a late header from Joshua Mamo, returning after a fractured wrist put him out of action for a month, prevented the home-side claiming a shock victory.

A flu epidemic saw Amber down to just eleven men, with β€˜keeper Will Scurr among those missing. Striker Joe Simpkin filled in as well as he could, but could do nothing to deny Rottingdean their opener – a deft finish clipping the underside of the bar on its way in. Amber were denied on countless occasions by a combination of brave defending and wasteful finishing, although Charlie Gibson and Mamo hit the bar and a fine strike by Alfie Clifford went agonisingly wide. There were more opportunities for the home side too, but Amber’s defence held firm, with Alfie Furneaux and Max Morris playing superbly. At the death, Mamo rose highest to meet Gibson’s corner to secure a share of the points.

Amber might have been expecting a routine win, but the boys should be can be encouraged by the battling spirit they showed against a strong, determined opponent.

Horsham: Joe Simpkin, Leighton Read, Alfie Furneaux, Phelan Jeffery, Max Morris, Charlie Gibson, Alfie Clifford, Max Warren, Joshua Mamo, Conner Collcott, Zain Beg

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