Horsham, with just a shade more bad luck than they deserved, lost the extra preliminary round Amateur Cup match against County League side Eastbourne United at Queen-street, but on their second half play alone the visitors deserved the win. After a ﬁrst half in which both sides were surprisingly well matched, Horsham looked very tired after the break and, with no less than five of their men hobbling, could not keep up with the pace of the lively visitors.
The goal itself was through an Ernie Manouch blunder. It came four minutes before the end when left-winger Dunk centred. Manouch had the shot covered, but he let the ball slip through his hands. Centre-forward Richardson was well up with play and he managed to get the ball over the line through a crowd of Horsham defenders. This was to be Richardson’s last contribution to the game as the strike brought on an old leg injury and he had to be assisted back to the dressing room. It was lucky for Eastbourne that the game was near to its end, for the striker was ﬁnished for the day. Horsham‘s defeat was ultimately down to rank bad play from their forwards. Time and again with a yawning goal in front of them they dillied and dallied like frightened schoolboys with the result that they either shot straight at goalkeeper Lidyard or yards wide. One of the worst offenders was John Browning and the number of ‘sitters’ the inside-right missed was incredible. Leslie Glue in the centre worked very hard but he had poor support and outside-right David Green had a completely off day.