Back to the Metropolitan League after four cup ties, Horsham played better football at Queen-street, but their best was not good enough against a lively Hastings United side. Their ﬁght in the second half, when they scored two goals in eight minutes, gave every appearance of a draw being the result, but the Hastings defence was too good and an own goal by Owen Parker clinched the matter. Before Hastings opened the scoring after half an hour, both sides had the ball in the net and both strikes were ruled out for offside. The deadlock was ﬁnally broken by Boon who converted a penalty given away by Jack Marriner. Ernie Manouch got his hand to the ball, but even so the shot beat him. Johnny Elphick had two glorious chances soon after this. Snapping up a pass from Bert Pope he went through only to see his shot rebound off goalkeeper Ward. Out came the ball for a second scoring chance but this time his shot went wide of the post. This seemed to set the stage for a series of Horsham near misses and John Browning made the crowd groan when he shot wide from a few feet out. Seconds before half-time the Hastings left-half sent inside-left Payne away; he tore into the centre and kicked on the run, beating Manouch easily.
Then came the second half and Horsham’s revival. Straight from the kick-off Browning sent a pass out to Pope and the winger had Ward ﬂoundering as his shot went by. David Green’s equaliser a few minutes later was a picture goal. He received a good pass from Elphick on the right corner of the penalty box and the ball ﬂew into the top left corner, hitting the back of the net from the upright. The setbacks only made Hastings increase the pressure and attack after attack bore down on the Horsham goal. From a Newman centre, which rebounded from the crossbar, Burgess headed in to give United the lead once again, and this looked like being the final score until Newman again sent in a good pass and the usually steady boot of Parker intercepted and sent the ball ﬂying into the back of the Horsham net. The young outside-right, Robin Stepney, again showed up well in his ﬁrst league outing and Pope was also in good form. The weakness in the forward line again appeared to be the out-of-sorts Browning; some of his movement and passing left a lot to be desired.