Horsham U23s 2 Carshalton Athletic U23s 2
Bluefin Sports Insurance Development League
The Camping World Community Stadium, Horsham
Tuesday 26 November 2019
Manager Mark Hawthorne made three changes from the team that lost to Ashford United last time out for this latest Development League fixture against a Carshalton Athletic side unbeaten on their travels this season. In came debutants Seb Jacobides in goal, Dan Webster in central defence, with first team regular Charlie Harris (pictured above) slotting into midfield .
The young Hornets started well, playing some nice controlled possession football, and worked their first chance in the 10th minute when a driven cross from the left came to Sam Karl whose improvised back heel nearly caught out visiting ‘keeper Stephen McIntosh who managed to deflect the ball away for a corner. Just after that, Karl had a better chance when he was put in on goal with only the ‘keeper to beat and this time he made no mistake, finishing smartly from close range to put Horsham 1-0 up. On 23 minutes, with the Hornets controlling the game, another good chance was created when Archie Goddard played the ball in to Alex Parsons but his well struck shot was blocked by McIntosh.
An injury to right-back Ned Pierre forced Hawthorne into an early substitution and, with no defenders on the bench, he had to bring on forward Torin Paget and shuffle the pack, moving Kieran Britland to left-back, Sam Gallagher to right-back and substitute Paget slotting into a wide left position.
The Robins’ attacking players, quiet in the opening spell, were now starting to get on the ball more and, in the 35th minute, lively striker Jesse Sentamu made a strong run in to the box but Britland spotted the danger, showing good strength to muscle his opponent off the ball and clear the danger. Shortly after, a good weaving run from Carshalton’s Sinatra Antwi took him past a couple of Horsham defenders and earned his side a corner from which the towering Sentamu rose highest to plant a downward header past ‘keeper Seb Jacobides for the equaliser.
However the Robins were not on equal terms for long when, just before half-time, Karl made a mazy run past two defenders on the left flank and knocked in a low cross that Charlie Harris, somewhat fortuitously, turned into the net off his shin .
H/T Horsham 2 Carshalton 1
The Hornets came out after the break knowing that they needed another goal to really take charge of the game and they nearly found it in the 51st minute. Goddard made a break down the left before slipping the ball back to Paget who, although tackled, managed to toe poke the ball back to Britland. The defender hammered in a cross that Mateius Mulugeta met first time only to be thwarted by ‘keeper McIntosh with an instinctive block.
Although the young Carshalton side were now getting on top, their equaliser came out of the blue. A right foot cracker from Sentamu, 25 yards from goal, was on target but appeared to take a slight deflection that gave Jacobides no chance in the home goal.
With the Hornets seeking to get back on the front foot again, Hawthorne introduced some fresh legs with winger Will Gordon replacing Mulugeta and slotting in to the left wing position with Paget moving across to his favoured right wing. In the 71st minute Harris struck his third and best shot from distance, his full-blooded stinger from 30 yards fizzing just over the bar. Goddard then chased down a long ball into the left channel, the ‘keeper got to the ball first but failed to gather cleanly allowing striker the opportunity to get the ball off him. Yet, somehow, McIntosh managed to reclaim the ball at the second attempt to avert the danger.
The last 15 minutes of the contest was a slightly nervy period for the young Hornets, with the Robins looking the fresher team with the small speedy attackers Antwi and Courtney Swaby looking a threat. In 83rd minute Swaby nearly won the match for the visitors when he smashed the ball on target but Jacobides saved his side with a great blocking stop. Horsham were not settling for a point though and in the dying minutes threw on striker Harry Brooker for Karl, who was struggling with a knock, to try and get the winner. But in the end they had to make do with a hard earned draw, which was probably a fair reflection of the game.
Horsham: Seb Jacobides (gk), Ned Pierre, Joel Mann, Dan Webster, Sam Gallagher, Mateius Mulugeta, Charlie Harris, Alex Parsons(c), Kieran Britland, Sam Karl, Archie Goddard
Subs: Will Gordon, Torin Paget, Harry Brooker, Kieran Holmes (unused), Lewis Blaney (unused)