Horsham secured a place in the quarter-finals of the County Cup, although the winning margin doesn’t tell the full story. Three late goals secured an ultimately comfortable win for Amber, but the visitors had pushed for an equaliser after netting midway through the second half.
Horsham edged the opening exchanges and took the lead when Joe Simpkin followed up Zain Beg’s saved strike. Simpkin then added a superb individual goal, dancing through the defence before sliding the ball past the onrushing ‘keeper. Sadly, the Horsham marksman was injured in the collision and was forced off.
After the break, Horsham managed the game confidently until Hangleton grabbed a well-taken goal against the run of play. They then pushed for an equaliser but Amber’s backline was excellent, with Josh Mamo outstanding. Manager Tony Massimo altered the formation, with Isaac Small given the rare chance to play as striker and it proved a masterstroke! Small smashed home a third to ease nerves, before scoring arguably Amber’s goal of the season.
The move began with Nico Massimo controlling the ball in the middle and spreading the ball to Henry Hazell on the wing. His inch-perfect delivery met the run of Small, who struck an acrobatic volley into the top corner. In the dying moments, the impressive Hazell set up Max Warren for a fifth. Leighton Read, who recently claimed his 50th cap for the club, also gave a fine midfield performance from the bench.
Horsham: Will Scurr, Isaac Small, Alfie Furneaux, Josh Mamo, Max Morris, Max Warren, Alfie Clifford, Henry Hazell, Charlie Gibson, Joe Simpkin, Zain Beg
Subs: Phelan Jeffery, Nico Massimo, Leighton Read