Saturday January 16 1954

Horsham 1 - Arundel 1

Horsham
Elphick '
1
Arundel
Duffield 81'
1

Sussex Senior Cup 3rd Round
Queen Street, Horsham
Saturday January 16 1954
Attendance:

Arundel earned a replay in this third round Sussex Senior Cup game but Horsham should have had the game well wrapped up long before full-time and would have had nobody to blame but themselves if their cup hopes had faded away into the distance. Horsham’s superiority was never questioned and in the opening twenty minutes they could have scored a dozen times. Towards the interval they began to drift into a mediocre type of football and, after the changeover, they allowed themselves to be dragged down to Arundel’s level. There could be no criticism of Horsham’s defence. Jack Marriner and Albert King stood firm, and the half- backs did their best to encourage the forwards. John Browning had danger man Pescott tied down and Nobby Cobb completely dominated inside-right Woolridge.

It was the forwards who let the team down. Each in their turn had scoring chances and each in their turn missed by yards or muffed the shot altogether. The Arundel goalkeeper Cassini was in fine form and his clever anticipation and faultless clearances drew praise from the spectators. He was unlucky with the one goal scored against him. Cobb sent in a high, dropping shot from the left-wing and, as Cassini went up to catch, Johnny Elphick went up to head. Cassini turned with only a tenuous hold on the ball and it dropped out of his hands into the net. Arundel tried to play football but their efforts failed. For the best part of the game they never looked like scoring and their first corner did not come until fifteen minutes after the interval. They reaped the reward for their endeavour when, minutes before the end, burly centre-half Duffield picked up a pass from left-half Nutman and powered an unstoppable shot past Ernie Manouch. Though Arundel did not deserve the draw, Duffield, who had worked like a Trojan, certainly deserved his goal.

Horsham

  • Ernie Manouch
  • Jack Marriner
  • Albert King
  • Owen Parker
  • John Browning
  • Norman Cobb
  • David Green
  • Roy Scutt
  • John Elphick
  • Robin Stepney
  • Bert Pope

Arundel