Dom Di Paola’s side endured another bout of away day blues, this time at play-off rivals Cray Wanderers at Bromley’s Hayes Lane.

The nomadic side – who are waiting to move into their own ground, were reduced to ten men with just 13 minutes gone, when Ben Mundele was shown two yellows early on, but despite their numerical disadvantage, The Wands took the lead through a dubious penalty that saw Dylan Merchant harshly adjudged for an accidental handball. The league’s top goalscorer, Joe Taylor duly converted the spot kick. Minutes later, Cray doubled their lead, thanks to a super curling effort from Rhys Murrell-Williamson, but Horsham pulled a goal back immediately via Lee Harding.

Horsham dominated the majority of the second half, but were held back by a well drilled and resoulite Cray side, with Jay Leader instrumental throughout, but they wasted a fine chance to secure what would have been a deserved point on 82 minutes, when Harry Mills could not convert from the spot, seeing his effort saved by Lewis Carey.

Matt Dale reports from Hayes Lane, with photos by John Lines.

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