Horsham Amber put in a stunning all-round team performance to comfortably defeat Hassocks and progress to the quarter finals. With the fixture switched to the Camping World Community Stadium, Amber were far more clinical than in recent games.
Henry Hazell was in fine form, picking out Conner Collcutt to slam home the opener from the edge of the box before making it two with a powerful strike. Hazell scored again, lashing home after Max Morris’ driving run and cross, before Collcutt fired in an unstoppable free kick. Just before the break, Joe Simpkin grabbed a goal that his superb play had deserved.
In the second half, a deflated Hassocks side shipped eight goals, although their goalkeeper made a string of outstanding saves, most notably to deny Collcutt a fine headed goal. Prolific marksman Collcutt eventually scored six, with the outstanding Alfie Clifford bagging a brace. Max Warren, a second half substitute, was a constant menace and scored twice, with Zane Beg also on the score sheet. It was a day where every player excelled, although a special mention must go to Isaac Small, whose combative performance in central midfield allowed Clifford the freedom to make surging runs, and Josh Mamo in the heart of defence, who gave no quarter against a fast and dangerous opposition striker.
Horsham: Will Scurr, Max Morris, Joshua Mamo, Alfie Furneaux, Phelan Jeffery, Charlie Gibson, Isaac Small, Alfie Clifford, Henry Hazell, Joe Simpkin, Conner Collcott.
Subs: Max Warren, Zain Beg, Leighton Read