The battle between Horsham and Haywards Heath was set to continue as neither side could score in this first round match in the Sussex Senior Cup, despite there being chances galore. Horsham chose to kick-off with a strong wind behind them but they were unable to take advantage of it and, if anything, they played better in the second half against the wind. For the last twenty minutes they completely dominated play and had it been a question of extra time Horsham would have definitely come away winners. As it was, finishing by both sides was poor and once again it would not have been a fair result if either side had won.
Straight from the kick-off, Oliver Coldman had a scoring chance but he was robbed of a shot just as he was about to kick. John Browning sent in a sizzling shot towards the Heath goal and Revell did well to tip the ball over the bar. From the corner, Browning’s header went just wide. Play immediately switched into the Horsham half and Sear seemed to have the goal at his mercy but, with Ernie Manouch cutting down the angle of his shot, the ball went wide. Outside-right Parks had a similar chance within a few minutes but his shot went high over the bar. This was followed by a series of shots at goal by the hosts – Den Daubney hit the bar – and several other forwards tried to head in but eventually Manouch cleared. Just on half-time a movement started by the home side’s right-half Freddie Wood sent Parks away and, cutting in from the right, he positioned himself well to beat Manouch. The referee whistled for a goal while Horsham appealed for offside and it was seen that the linesman had his ﬂag up. After consultation, the goal was disallowed.
In the second half Horsham had better control over the ball and their passing was much better. Johnny Elphick went through several times but the Heath centre-half Ken Wood kept him well marked. Even so, he was more in the picture than Daubney who found Jack Marriner too good for him. Towards the end came a strong appeal from Heath for a penalty. Daubney, who had moved out to the right-wing, centred, and a quick shot by Barkley beat Manouch. Marriner, who was lying on the goal-line, cleared the ball away; it appeared to everyone standing on that side of the ﬁeld that the ball had come off the defender’s hand, but the referee on the left-wing waved play on.