Thursday April 29 1954

Brighton & HA 'A' 4 - Horsham 2

Brighton & HA 'A'
Offord (2)' Howeson ' Bennett '
Stepney ' Elphick '

Metropolitan & District League
Queen Street, Horsham
Thursday April 29 1954

Playing their eighth game in fourteen days and making their last appearance at Queen-street for the season, Horsham fell to defeat against their Sussex neighbours, despite dominating from start to finish and looking as if they were attempting to put on a special show for their supporters. Three-quarters of the game was fought out in the Brighton half, and Horsham’s bunch of tired men, some of them half crippled with injury and weariness, put up one of the best performances of the season. Once  again they only had ten men and team manager Ivor Roberts came in at outside-left to make up the numbers. It was Roberts who nearly started the scoring midway through the first half. Johnny Elphick had moved out to the right and when he centred only Roberts was up with play. His header beat goalkeeper Dyarnond but the ball smacked against the crossbar.

Horsham continued to dominate play and eventually took the lead ten minutes from the interval. Nobby Cobb dribbled through on the left and passed to Robin Stepney who crashed the ball on the turn past Dyamond. Brighton hit back before the break when Howeson ran through and tapped the ball past Tony Winkworth despite Horsham’s appeals for offside. In the second half it was still Horsham on top and Stepney had bad luck on two occasions. One of his shots was stopped on the line and then he headed wide from a good position. The misses allowed Brighton to take the lead from a speculative effort, outside-left Bennett attempting a long shot at goal and seeing the ball curl in just underneath the crossbar. For one brilliant spell Horsham threw everything they had into attack. Half-backs and even full-backs came up and had a go, but it was Brighton, in a breakaway, who netted again when centre-forward Offord snapped home a shot from a Bennett pass. Horsham were still full of fight and Elphick ran the ball into the net following a good pass from the left by Roberts, but Brighton had the last say virtually straight from the kick-off when Orford broke through on his own and passed to the charging Offord who crashed the ball underneath the diving Winkworth.


  • Tony Winkworth
  • Jack Marriner
  • Albert King
  • Owen Parker
  • John Browning
  • Norman Cobb
  • Peter Kingston
  • Robin Stepney
  • John Elphick
  • Leslie Glue
  • Ivor Roberts

Brighton & HA 'A'