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Principal hails ‘Stellar results’ The College of Richard Collyer has yet again achieved superb results! Students have excelled with 64% achieving high grades, with an A-level pass rate at an astonishing 99.3% and 14 students successfully gaining Oxbridge places. Collyer’s Principal Sally Bromley was extremely pleased with the outstanding performance. “These results are stellar – 64% high grades are a fantastic achievement for our staff and students. “Everyone works so hard throughout the year, so today we can have big smiles on our faces when we see the result of all that effort and determination.” In a number of A-level subjects, the results are particularly outstanding. Dance and German posted 100% at A*/B, Further Maths a staggering 94% of students achieving A*/B, while 77% of Photography students also gained A*/B. 75% of Maths and French respectively posted A*/B grades, with 73% of Physics and Philosophy, 71% Psychology and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and 70% of Chemistry also achieving A*/B. In addition, 68% of Art, 61% of History and Economics, 60% Music and 57% of Government and Politics students

achieved the high A*/B benchmark. Deputy Principal Steve Martell was delighted: “I could not be prouder of the Collyer’s community. These results are fantastic!” Collyer’s excellent quality of vocational course provision continues, with a 100% pass rate and great results in BTEC Diploma Art & Design, Business, Early Years Education (EYE), Health and Social Care, IT, Music Practitioners, Sport and Travel and Tourism. Dan Lodge, Vice-Principal (Quality and Curriculum) was extremely pleased with the college’s success across the board: “Approximately two-thirds of our students achieved high grades, which represents yet another bumper year for Collyer’s. “Expert and dedicated staff make all the difference and I am really delighted to see the hard work of our BTEC students rewarded with excellent grades and a 100% pass rate maintained!” Noteworthy individual successes included former Weald pupil Jennifer Goodier, who having achieved 4 A*s in German, English Literature, History and EPQ is now heading to Oxford University to study History. She was thrilled: “I’ve had an amazing time at Collyer’s, and this wouldn’t have

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Local Hospice’s picturesque autumn hike returns Calling all walking enthusiasts and nature lovers! Join St Catherine’s Hospice on Sunday 13 October for a challenging hike through the picturesque Sussex countryside. Starting from the South of England Showground at Ardingly, a brand new venue for this year, the hike will take you through Sussex fields and past historic landmarks, including the Balcombe Viaduct, Ardingly Reservoir and Wakehurst Place Seedbank, and will allow you to enjoy the changing colours of autumn whilst raising funds for your local hospice. The full hike is 13 miles, but there are also 9 and 6 mile walking routes available, and a 3 mile nature trail, making this a family friendly event - even suitable for the dog! There will be plenty of parking on the day, and you’ll be greeted with hot food, entertainment and delicious cakes to celebrate at the end of your hike. Sophie Peckham, Community and Events Fundraising Manager at St Catherine’s, said: “We’re delighted to host Sussex Landmarks Hike for a second year. This

autumnal hike follows a stunning route through the Sussex countryside and is great fun for all involved. We hope lots of you will join us, along with your family and friends. Your support will help us be there to provide end of life care for more local people when they need us most.” St Catherine’s is hoping to raise £35,000 from the Sussex Landmarks Hike by asking walkers for a donation or to raise sponsorship. This will allow the hospice to offer expert care to even more local terminally ill people in the future. At the moment, the local hospice can only care for one in three people who need them, but with your help and support, they’re determined to care for everyone. Advance registration is £8 for adults (£10 on the day) and £5 for children. On the day, registration is open from 9am at the South of England Showground at Ardingly. Ready to make your steps count? Gather your walking buddies and register online here: www.stch. or call St Catherine’s Events Team on 01293 447364.

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Continued from front page Other students who came into Collyer’s on results day to celebrate, included Oxford bound ex Forest student Bradley Burke, who will read Geography, having achieved A*s in Geography, Economics and an A in Spanish. “I’d like to thank the Geography department at Collyer’s as they have been my motivation to study in this field. The clubs and societies create a great community atmosphere.” Imogen Sawyer, who having posted 4 A’s in Psychology, Chemistry, Biology, and EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) is off to Southampton University to study Biomedical Sciences. She said, “I’m really excited about university. Collyer’s was great fun and has really improved my confidence.” Anisha Wakefield, who previously attended Tanbridge House School, was also in a celebratory mood. She’s set to study Medicine, having achieved straight A’s across

Maths, Biology, Chemistry, and EPQ. She was ecstatic: “I would like to say massive thanks to all of my teachers, tutors, Head of House, Deputy Principal Steve and Principal Sally and for all of their support over an amazing two years at Collyer’s. I’ve loved it here!” Deputy Principal Steve Martell said: “A pass rate of 99.3% is amongst the highest in the country and Collyer’s staff have worked so hard to ensure students were well supported and prepared they are amazing professionals!” Principal Sally Bromley added: “I wish all our leaving students every success in the next phase of their education or career journey.” The college’s high-quality post results advice service is now in full swing, with senior academic staff guiding students into appropriate university and higher education choices

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Excellent A Level Results for Christ’s Hospital Pupils


Christ’s Hospital pupils and their teachers are celebrating another year of impressive A level results. Overall 11% of all Pre-U and A-Level grades achieved were equivalent to an A* with 61% of grades achieved being A*-B. Out of a cohort of 121 pupils 40 A* or equivalent grades were achieved with 22 pupils, 18% of the cohort achieving a minimum of one A*. 25 Pupils, 20% of the cohort, achieved strong grades in four or more A-Levels. 15 Pupils achieved a clean sweep of 3 or more A or A* grades. The average UCAS points achieved by each pupil was 124, which equates to BBB. There were some notable individual achievements and huge congratulations go to these students: Mao Mikami with A*, A*, A*, A, A (Gap Year) Montgomerie Wren with A*, A*, A*, A (Physics, Imperial) Lydia Thornhill A*, D2, A, D3 (Chinese, Manchester)

Takashi Yoshinaga A*, A*, A, A (Economics, UCL) Serenity Thornton A*, D2, D3, B (Politics, Philosophy, and Law, KCL) Maximus Holloway A*, A, A, A (Medicine, Birmingham) Eugene Ting A*, A, A, A (Engineering) Osman Kwok A*, A, A, A (Biomedical Science, KCL) Carolyn Acevedo A*, A*, A, B (Nat. Sci.) Yuki Takeuchi A*, A*, A, B (Maths and Comp. Sci., UCL) Maria Howard A*, A*, A (Chemistry with French, Imperial) Naomi Cooper A*, A*, A (Classics and English, Oxford) Charles Robinson A*, D2, D2 (Philosophy, UCL) Matthew Attalah A*, D2, D2 (History, LSE) Congratulations to Naomi Cooper (Classics and English, Oxford), Maria Howard (Chemistry with French, Imperial) and Montgomerie Wren (Physics, Imperial) on achieving their offer require-

ments to take up their Oxford and Imperial places. As a consequence of these results, 103 out of the cohort of 121 pupils choosing to apply through UCAS this year, 79% were able to take up either their first choice or insurance offer. With many of our pupils taking up places on course at prestigious universities including Bristol, Durham, Imperial College, KCL, LSE, Oxford, and UCL. Simon Reid, Headmaster of Christ’s Hospital commented, “Our pupils’ results testify to their strong embrace of learning opportunities over many years; they and their teachers, and everyone who has supported their time at Christ’s Hospital, deserve the warmest congratulation. Results like these flow from countless influences, many of them well beyond the classroom and at Christ’s Hospital, especially, there can be real pride in the successes reflected so starkly in these statistics.”

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Christ’s Hospital: Classrooms for Kenya

For three weeks at the start of the 2019 summer holiday, 47 Year 12 and Year 13 students from Christ’s Hospital, and 9

members of staff, travelled to Kitale in western Kenya to help build new classrooms for three schools.

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unsafe mud huts or simply teaching outside under the shade of a tree. Funding and building these new classrooms will have a hugely beneficial impact on Kitale’s children and young adults. Prior to departing, each student (and staff member) had been tasked with raising a minimum of £300 through sponsorship: this was combined with Christ’s Hospital’s first ever school sponsored walk, which saw over 500 students and staff walk through the West Sussex countryside to raise funds to help pay for the buildings. The combined efforts from these events has meant that staff and students from the school have raised over £44,000 during the last academic year, which has paid for 6 new classrooms to be built, and this represents an amazing amount of fund raising from Christ’s Hospital towards this project. The new classrooms have been built at three different schools: Kibagenge Primary School, Norah and Musundi Primary School and Saiwa Secondary School, all of which are based in western Kenya. Pupils raised funds through a variety of methods, ranging from: sponsored

walks, runs and triathlons; setting up an online bookshop; the Three Peaks Challenge; forgoing their sixteenth birthday presents and asking for sponsorship instead; cake bakes; live music and DJ sets; and even shaving their head. As well as supporting education in Kenya, the trip aimed to provide CH students with a powerful and life-shaping experience where they both work hard to contribute positively to a community and have the opportunity to experience Kenya’s natural beauty. After returning from the trip, one student said: “It was an amazing, eye opening and fulfilling experience that has significantly shaped me as a person.” Organisers congratulated all who were involved: “Well done to our students and staff for making such a positive difference to schools in Kenya!” Christ’s Hospital is currently planning to return to Kenya in 2021. If you would like to know any more about this trip or if you are able to offer any help in fund raising, then please contact Mr Richards on

YMCA DownsLink Group calls on community to give their vote ahead of national youth awards YMCA DownsLink Group (YMCA DLG), the local youth charity which operates across Sussex and West Surrey has several projects shortlisted for the YMCA Youth Matters Awards 2019 and is asking for your support to vote for them. YMCA WiSE project has been shortlisted for the Health and Wellbeing Project of the Year Award Put the spark back into your future has been shortlisted for the Training & Education Project of the Year Award FEAR//LESS Project and YMCA Guildford Foyer have been shortlisted for the Diversity Award The online public vote, which opened on 12 August , is due to close at midnight on 26 August. Votes cast by the public will be combined with the judges’ choices and the finalists will be announced at the beginning of September. Chas Walker, Chief Executive of

YMCA DLG, said: “We are overjoyed and excited to be shortlisted for several awards and to have reached this stage. We hope everyone in the local community will vote for us, as making it through to the final would be incredible.” Youth Matters is YMCA’s national awards programme that has been an integral part of the charity’s calendar for the past decade. It celebrates the outstanding skills and achievements of young people from across the country. It also recognises the vital work that YMCAs deliver every day to help transform the lives of young people and give them a brighter future. Vote for YMCA Project of the Year and YMCA Diversity Award at or use the hyperlinks. You can also follow YMCA DownsLink Group on Twitter and join the conversation using #YMCAYouthAwards

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Horsham’s Capitol maintains ‘Hall of Fame’ status for a second year

The Capitol, Horsham has been named one of the best entertainment venues in the UK for the second year running after maintaining its TripAdvisor ‘Hall of Fame’ status. The Capitol, Horsham achieves ‘Hall of Fame’ status two years running after achieving six consecutive TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awards. The venue currently has an overall TripAdvisor rating of 4.5 out of 5, with 62% of its reviewers rating their visit as ‘excellent’. The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to

establishments that consistently achieve great visitor reviews. Commenting on the recent success, Horsham District Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure Cllr Jonathan Chowen said: “I am delighted that The Capitol has been recognised again as a top centre of excellence for theatre, cinema, and the arts. “The team are extremely proud to receive this very public recognition, particularly as the only judges for the TripAdvisor accreditations are our visitors, customers, and friends who vote with their reviews and patronage.

“The award is particularly appropriate as it has come in the year we are celebrating the 2019 Horsham District Year of Culture.” Manager of The Capitol, Nick Mowat added: “I am very proud to accept this award for the second year running and commend my whole team at The Capitol for their ongoing hard work and dedication in ensuring the best possible service levels for our customers. “My thanks also to all our customers who have taken the time to give their valued feedback and continued support.” The Capitol is one of the county’s leading arts and entertainments venues. For great drama, blockbusting films and many diverse and varied arts events, visit their website - http://www. In addition to the recognition received by The Capitol, other Horsham District Council sites which have received favourable reviews on TripAdvisor include Horsham Park, Horsham Museum, Southwater Country Park, Chesworth Farm, and Leechpool & Owlbeech Woods. Find out more about The Capitol on TripAdvisor at https:// West_Sussex_England.html

Could you be a county councillor? Residents are being invited to find out what it takes to become a county councillor. An event is being held in October for anyone interested in learning more about standing for election. As well as explaining the role of county councillors, visitors to the event will hear from serving councillors, including representatives from the Local Government Association. The event will take place on Wednesday 23 October from 6pm to 8pm at County HallNorth, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1XH. Janet Duncton, Chairman of the Council, said: “Being a councillor is a privilege and means having the opportunity to make a real difference to your community now and in the future. “We need more councillors

who are capable, energetic and engaged with a commitment to local people. “Whether you are keen to become a county councillor or simply want to find out more, I would encourage you to come along to this event. It is an excellent opportunity to hear first-hand what the role involves.” The event will include presentations about what the county council does, what it means to be a councillor and the realities of working in a political environment. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and meet councillors. To book a place at the event, visit: https://www.eventbrite.

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Green Gym volunteers have an unusual workout Warnham Nature Reserve has seen some unusual activity over that last couple of weeks, as volunteers from the Green Gym have been moving tons of reclaimed Horsham Stone. Under the guidance of Lewes based artist Will Nash, the volunteers have been learning the skill of dry stone walling in order to construct a Bat Bothy for the reserve. At once ancient and contemporary, the elegant sculpture designed by Will Nash is in the form of a tall dome or chimney referencing the industrial heritage of the nature reserve, and providing a new habitat for roosting bats. The Bat Bothy has seen particularly strong and determined green gym members using the

lifting gear and being fastidious in the placing of each stone. Helped along by wardens from the reserve, the Bat Bothy is now complete and stands a little over 2m tall. The sculpture has many nooks, crannies and little tunnels for the bats to crawl through so that they can roost in the interior. The stone is a perfect material to maintain an ambient temperature and keep them dry through the winter. Reclaimed from the Peace Garden (near St. Mary’s) when the paths were renovated, the horsham stone has also found a new home. The reserve has regular visitors of Daubenton Bats feeding on mosquitoes that rise up from the lake. Known as the ‘water bat’ the Daubenton’s fish for insects

from the water using their large feet and tail. Along with soprano and common Pipistrelles, they are regularly sighted, but their roosts are unknown. The wardens are hoping to use an endoscope to view the interior of the bothy and survey the numbers and species of bat living in the reserve. As a conservation project, the green gym members said that it was great to work on a project from start to finish with a very particular outcome. Usually the 50 or so members are working on a variety of projects across the Horsham District on a Tuesday and Thursday and may not see an end result. Later in the year Will Nash will be returning to the reserve to create a second sculpture, this time

using chestnut palings to explore the form of a tri-helix. The two sculptures form part of the arts project ‘Field Notes from Warnham’ as a permanent outcome for the Reserve and The Horsham

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On Thursday 12 September, the last Mary How Trust bingo will take place at Storrington Village Hall. The popular monthly bingo evenings have been running for 12 years, and have raised £13,000 to give local men and women the chance to benefit from early detection of cancer and other serious illness. The Mary How Trust has taken the decision to call time on its bingo following the retirement of bingo caller Alan French, and the event’s lead volunteer Jacinta White. Roanne Moore, the charity’s fundraising manager, explained: “We’re very grateful to Alan and Jacinta for looking after the bingo evenings so brilliantly for several years – they’ve played a huge part in the evenings’ success, and they’re a hard act to follow! “We hoped to find someone to

step into their shoes, but people lead busy lives and we haven’t been successful. Never say never, though! If we can find a bingo caller and someone to organise the monthly evenings, then we’d be delighted to re-launch our bingo. It’s such a fun and well-loved event, and has helped to give so many local families a healthier future.” For now, the event on 12 September is “79 – One More Time” to play Mary How Trust bingo. Doors open at 7pm, eyes down at 7:30pm. There will be celebratory refreshments, and the chance to win a £50 jackpot sponsored by LMC Auto Services. Roanne added: “This is our chance to thank the friends who launched our bingo back in 2007, and all the lovely players and volunteers who’ve made this such a special monthly get-together for the past 12 years.”

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Horsham School of Dance relaunch under new ownership

Horsham School of Dance (HSD) is re-launching under new ownership! Annie Dunkley, a Royal Ballet trained ex professional dancer, is taking over as principal from September and, to celebrate, HSD are hosting a free ‘Funday Sunday’ event on Sunday 8 September. Established in Horsham since 1925, Horsham School of Dance is one of the area’s most respected dance schools - providing an outstanding training in ballet, tap, modern, contemporary dance and musical theatre. Every year, HSD dancers are chosen to perform in the

local Pantomimes in Horsham, Crawley and Dorking, and the school’s students have 100% pass rate in their ballet, tap and modern exams. Annie has taught ballet at HSD since 2011, shortly after moving to Horsham from Wimbledon with her family, and this year she takes over as principal after the previous owner, Rosemary Walters, retired from the school in the Summer. “I’m really keen to get the whole community involved in dance, and as part of our re-launch ‘Funday Sunday’ I’m inviting families to participate in

a free Family Ballet Workshop. I have taught all ages, from 2 to 92, and have led family workshops at the Royal Opera House, and for English National Ballet at the Coliseum and the Royal Albert Hall, so I know I can get everyone up and dancing - even if they don’t know the first thing about ballet! Very young children love dancing with their parents and grandparents - no leotards or tutus are required, although they are always welcome of course!” explained Annie. The ‘Funday Sunday’ event begins at 2pm and there are opportunities to try out some of the other classes on offer at Horsham School of Dance - Tap and Modern, Musical Theatre and Contemporary Jazz, culminating in the Family Ballet Workshop at 4pm. You can also learn how to style your hair like a ballerina, and chat to some of the school’s current students and teachers. ‘Funday Sunday’ takes place on Sunday 8 September from 2-5pm. Register your interest by emailing Phone 07941 008321 www.horshamschoolofdance. Search ‘Horsham School of Dance’ on Facebook


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Horsham District Jobs and Skills Fair at the Drill Hall The next Horsham District Jobs and Skills Fair will be held on Saturday 28th September 2019, in the Drill Hall, Horsham. Once again we are hoping for up to 40 employers with hundreds of employment opportunities. In 2018 the Jobs and Skills Fair saw more than 400 visitors attend and more than 100 vacancies filled. We expect this year’s event to be even busier and better. This year the event will not be on a Wednesday but a Saturday, opening it up to more visitors. The Fair will run

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Credit: Stephen Candy Photography Following a good luck message from Gary Lineker OBE, the cast and crew had a fantastic opening night of The Red Lion at The Capitol, Horsham last Friday. Written by Patrick Marber, directed by Sean Turner and starring Michael Armstrong, Andrew Fettes and local Actor and Film Director, Freddie Hill, it’s a haunting and humorous play about the dying romance of the great English game and the tender, savage love that powers it. The story follows small time semi-pro football, the nonleague. A world away from the wealth and the television cameras. A young player touched with brilliance arrives from nowhere. An ambitious manager determines to make him his own and the old soul of the club still has dreams of glory. Here’s what people said: If you’re a play-goer but not a football-goer you’ll enjoy The Red Lion and if you spend plenty of time on the terraces but not in

theatres you’ll also have a good time. It’s a three-hander about loss and rivalry with plenty of humour thrown in and some knowing references to behindthe-scenes skullduggery as two club stalwarts each plot to influence a promising young player in different ways. It’s well acted and directed and, no, you don’t need to understand the offside rule! Muddy Stilettos (Sussex) “I’m not a big football fan, but I loved this play. Full of sharp witted football humour – it’s all in here, the ripe language, moans about a dandelion covered pitch and the ref needing glasses. If we’d had a few oranges at halftime it would have been perfect” Heather Pepper, Horsham “My partner manages a football team and was able to relate some of his experiences to those in the play... he really enjoyed it ... and would recommend it” Sam Wells, Horsham “Congrats to the cast and crew of The Red Lion – saw it and

thought it was fab! Good luck with the tour – deffo worth watching” Nicola Hume, Presenter & Professional Talker “Wow what a show! The 3 actors maintained our attention for the whole 94 mins and without a hitch, they delivered their lines beautifully! What a great story – really worth going to see and thoroughly enjoyed it” Carol Boniface, Pulborough The Red Lion is a hugely entertaining play with great humour and has wide appeal to local football players, teams and supporters alike and goes ON TOUR from Friday 23 August through to Saturday 28 September across the Horsham District as one of the major projects of Horsham District Year of Culture. It’s one play not to be missed! Age 14+ Contains strong language Tickets available on line: www. or call their Box Office 01403750220

Northern Live: Do I Love You Northern Live: Do I Love You is the world’s greatest and most authentic touring live band Northern Soul show. We’re staying faithful to the original sounds of the underground movement that started on the dance floors in the North and eventually swept the nation at The Hawth on Saturday 7 September. Come along for a night of over

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The Overtures Wildwood & Country Rat Pack -Golf Roffey Social Club, Club Cranleigh 18:00 20:00 - 23:00 TWillie Slammers Soul Band Austen Band - The The Barley Mow, Tandridge Kings Head, Billingshurst 20:00 - 23:00 20:00 Enchanted Horsham: Day 1 - Horsham Park 17:00 - 23:30 Buckler’s Reel - Ashington Saturday 17th Village Club September 20:00 - 23:00 Horsham Rocks -Presents Taygan Paxton The Olive Horsham Branch Bandstand, The Carfax, 21:00 -Horsham 23:00 11:00 16:00 Glitz,til Blitz & 70s Hits- The Nell Bryden Ultimate 70s Glam Rock The Capitol HorShow - TheTheatre, Star, Roffey sham 21:00 - 23:00 19:30 Larger Than Life Duo Goffs Park Social Club, Crawley 20:30 Hounds of Sound Enchanted Horsham: Day Broadbridge 2 - HorshamHeath Park Village Centre, Heath 17:00 -Broadbridge 23:30 20:00 Classic Car Meet Up Quo-caine Queen’s Head, Barns The Mulberry, Goring Green 20:30 12:00 - 23:00 Black Alter Heart Ego - Angel Sussex Oak The Malt Shovel, Horsham 20:30 - 23:00 Just Supposin’ - The 0:30 Anchor Inn 20:00 - 23:00 Street Pianos: Southwater Celebration South Beardsmen EventSaxon - Southwater Gathering Country Park The Malt Shovel, Horsham 11:00 - 14:00 12:00 tilEdge 18:00 Inside - The Plough, Open Mic night Lower Beeding The Shelley Arms, Broad21:00 - 23:00 bridge Heath Original The Hogroast: 19:30 Music Festival - The Malt Riverboat Shovel Shuffle Horsham Sports Club, 14:00 - 23:00 Horsham 20:00


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Horsham Battle of the Bands celebrates bumper 27th year People turned out in force to support and enjoy this year’s Horsham Battle of the Bands ‘Cover Acts’ and ‘Original Bands’ finals in the Human Nature Garden on 17 th August. The results were: ORIGINAL BANDS 1. Machina 2. Parallax 3. The Danny Dangerously Band PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Parallax COVER ACTS 1. Alter Ego 2. The 19 Naughties and Paul & Mike Stanworth (tied) 3. Spanish Matinee PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Spanish Matinee The Acoustic Originals competition at The REC Rooms the week before turned up the following result: ACOUSTIC ORIGINALS 1. The Golgis and Liam Carter (tied) 2. Shaune Murray 3. Kosta D PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Kosta D The winner of both originals competitions each won an AudioBeach Studios single package, a single release with AWAL and a photoshoot with Chilledvondub-Photographic. The covers winners won £250 cash and 3 free rehearsals at QM Studios. BotB committee chairman Mark Daly said: “It was a great day out on Saturday, all the bands were on form and obviously enjoyed playing in front of a large and appreciative crowd in the sunshine. It was cool to think that on the 50th anniversary of the original Woodstock festival, the Horsham Battle of the Bands final was sponsored by Woodstock IT Ser-

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vices! Special thanks must go to the High Gain team: Tom Viney, Jamie Friday and Sam Albrow. Through no fault of their own, they were down to a skeleton crew but nonetheless managed to build the stage, put together the PA and backline, oh yeah, and ran the bar! The Horsham Battle of the Bands Competition has been re-energised and we are already looking forward to BotB 2020!” Co-organiser and host Jamie ‘Stan’ Stanley said:

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“Last year was quite a struggle because we lost funding as a result of the Horsham District Live Music Alliance (HDLMA) disbanding and the competition formally becoming independent. This year we didn’t struggle for sponsorship at all, the standard and number of bands entering was very high, all the events were well attended and the whole thing was a massive success. So huge thanks from me to everyone involved in making sure the legacy and future of this

nearly 30-year-old Horsham institution remain intact. See you all next year!” All BotB events this year were free entry and part of Horsham Festival and the ‘Year of Culture’ fringe. The website will be open for entries for Horsham BotB 2020 soon, follow the Facebook and Twitter for announcements. If you’re interested in sponsoring the event next year please send an email to info@horshambotb.

Horsham student crowned winner of the Battle of the Bands Music student, Liam Carter of Southwater, has been crowned the winner of this year’s Horsham Battle of the Bands Acoustic Originals. Liam, who is entirely selftaught, took to the stage at The Rec Rooms to perform his own material in a 30-minute acoustic guitar set. The 18-year-old was up against nine other artists and bands in this highly-competitive annual event. The decision on choosing a winner was a two-part process – the People’s Choice Polls where the public could cast votes which were then dovetailed with the votes of a panel of expert judges at the live event. Liam said: “I’ve grown up in Horsham so winning this competition means so much to me. When I left school I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do but

when my brother Kieran, who is a professional cellist, suggested I auditioned at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford I thought I would try it. I was accepted unconditionally for its Extended Diploma Songwriting course and I’ve just completed my first year.   “My performance career only started at an open mic night a year ago at the George and Dragon in Dragons Green, and since then I’ve sung at gigs, weddings and other open mic nights. As part of winning this competition, I will be recording two tracks, one of which will be released, which is massively exciting. Thanks to everyone who voted and has supported me so far.” Follow him on social media - @LiamCarterMusic on Instagram and @iamliamcarter on Facebook.

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Barns Green Half Marathon & 10K race - Sunday September 29, 2019 Martin Read - Sports Reporter The organising committee of this year’s Barns Green Half Marathon and 10k Race are delighted to announce that three new sponsors have come on board – Cowfold’s Holder Tree Services, Horsham company Breathe – provider of user friendly HR software for small and medium-sized enterprises and Crawley and Horsham-based Treetop Design and Print, with over 30 years’ experience of servicing organisations big and small. The new sponsors join Networks

Centre, Bluecoat Sports Centre and MoreThan as supporters of this long standing local event, which is on Sunday 29th September, Committee Chairman Vernon Jennings saying: “We are thrilled to have these three new partners of our races. Their involvement along with all our other sponsors helps us to raise a huge amount of money for local charities.” Last year alone £19,000 was donated to the wonderful St Catherine’s Hospice, again the featured charity for this year’s races, Vernon continuing: “We are also able to reward all the different groups, junior or-

ganisations, societies and sports clubs – 18 different groups - that act as helpers, with car parking, marshalling, manning the water stations and many other things.” Big race day at Barns Green is always a hugely enjoyable family event – a great day out - with the village green alive with music, food stalls and fairground activities, and the course taking runners across closed roads around the beautiful local lanes, and through Christ’s Hospital School. Entries are very much open – via – and last year over 2,000 runners registered. This year the Committee is very keen to make the 37th Half Marathon, and 4th 10K race even better than ever, encouraging racers to enter at the earliest opportunity. Committee member Nigel Currie adds: “There will be a warm up by two Bluecoat Fitness Instructors for all runners before the races to ensure that everyone is nicely warmed up! Also, there are highly visible race-pacers, helping runners to finish at their chosen time. We’ll have six bands and groups playing music at different points on the race routes to keep all runners motivated and at the end of the races runners receive a gold, silver or bronze medal.” Full details are on the website make sure you join the party!

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Henfield CC U14s Sussex Junior Cricket Festival Cricket Martin Read - Sports Reporter Henfield CC U14s greatly enjoyed playing in the week long SJCF Shield competition – scoring just shy of 1,000 runs in five matches and taking 44 wickets, getting through to the Final with maximum points against Lewes Priory, a similarly strong side. The week started off at the Club’s historic ground on Henfield Common versus Lindfield, Henfield bowling the visitors out for 154 runs with the wickets shared, Dan Woodward taking four catches


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and Will Davies running out two. Henfield then squeaked home with one wicket to spare, scoring 155 for 9 with James Hampton hitting a four to secure victory, despite Lindfield’s Benji Parry taking 4-25. Next came a trip to Pagham, where Henfield were inserted and set a very demanding target with 232-7 from their 42 overs, Dan Woodward making his maiden century – 105. Pagham fell 40 runs short, Asmus Minchell leading the bowling with 3-17 from five overs. On the third day Littlehampton came to the Common, where Henfield posted a massive 323 for the loss of just two wickets, Dan Woodward scoring a second ton, retiring not out on 108, with Asmus Minchell notching up

his maiden hundred, also retiring - after smashing a six over the bowlers head. Although Flint made 58, Littlehampton were beaten by 181 runs, both Ed Helps and Jed Bandy taking two wickets. With top points from their three games, another maximum would get Henfield through to the Final, and in the last group game they were put in against Portslade, Oliver Mackinnon starring with his first half century, eventually being run out for 64. Henfield made 183-8 off their 42 overs and then dismissed Portslade 137, Tom Lewis taking 3-12. The Final was at Lindfield’s neutral ground, where Henfield chose to bat, only to be disrupted by a number of rain breaks. Unable to generate any momentum, they were all out for 106 in 28.5 overs, Man of the Match James Hampton scoring 52. Lewes started strongly with a 59 run opening partnership, going on to win by six wickets, Tom Lewis and Dan Woodward taking two wickets apiece. Henfield’s Mark Minchell told the District Post: “Henfield boys fought a great campaign, taking them through to the Final and although that ended in disappointment it was a most enjoyable tournament with so many amazing performances from all the players.” Henfield squad - Jed Bandy, Max Buxton, Freddie Crawley, Will Davies, James Hampton, Edward Helps, Sam Hill, Otto Juretic, Tom Lewis, Oliver Mackinnon, Toby Mackinnon, Asmus Minchell, Felix Minchell (wicketkeeper), Laurence Pound, Toby Samrah (captain), Dan Woodward

Two winners for Mickel Motorsport Motor Sport Martin Read - Sports Reporter Leicestershire’s Donington Park National Circuit produced six of the very best from the Legends Cars National Championship with MRF Tyres over the previous weekend, kicking off the second half of the season in grand style. Reigning five-time champion, Faygate’s John Mickel got onto the podium, a near 30-car grid wowing the thousands of spectators in attendance. But, Sutton Coldfield’s Miles Rudman moved to the top of the championship standings with a slender 20 point lead over Mickel. There were numerous star performances up and down the order and qualifying on Saturday morning set the scene for how hotly contested the weekend’s action was going to be with some incredibly close timings. With fantastically competitive action throughout, in Heat Two, Mickel moved ahead in lap five, only for Smith to grab the lead on the eighth tour before Mickel hit the front with a lap to go. Going into the final lap it was anyone’s guess who would come out on top, but Mickel was just shaded on the run in to the flag. For the eagerly awaited Final on day one, James Hall-Morton (Cleckheaton) seized the early advantage but was bundled down to fifth on lap three. Another shuffle of the order occurred on lap five, but with Rudman looking good, leading onto the 12th and last lap, he was elbowed to fifth, Mickel bursting through to take it by a fraction. On the Sunday, midway down Craner Curves a multi-car tangle in the midfield separated the pack, then, subsequently, Parker moved into the lead at the chicane on lap five. But, in Heat Three, on a track still slippery from earlier rain, King was forced to retire after a tangle with Mickel, who, although third, reduced the gap to 1.5 seconds during the closing stages In Sunday’s Final, Mickel deliv-

ered an impressive drive to fourth after being forced to start from the pitlane. Just three laps into the race he was already on the cusp of the top 10 and at the flag he was only a second shy of the podium. Saturday Final Winner John Mickel said: “It was nice to take a win and we had a good weekend overall, the car was good so now we just need to go again at Snetterton next time out and be consistent there as well. What happened in race two on Sunday was unfortunate, it is what it is so we just need to move forward.” While, Sunday Final winner Paul Simmons paid tribute to his Mickel Motorsport base, saying: “What a race! We managed to get the drive out of the chicane at the end on the final lap, so I’m happy about that as it was really close. I did just enough to win, big thanks to all the team at Mickel Motorsport.” The Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk will host the fifth event of the Legends Cars National Championship with MRF Tyres season over the weekend 7th/8th September. All of the incredible action from the Donington Park races will be broadcast on Amazon Prime, BARC TV and Front Runner in due course, sponsored by 24hr Solutions. Meanwhile, the current top three standings are: 1st Miles Rudman, 3470pts; 2nd John Mickel, 3450pts; 3rd Sean Smith, 3365pts

News of Horsham and Roffey’s junior sides Saturday August 17 – Feeder team round up Cricket Martin Read - Sports Reporter Still in search of an elusive first win, Horsham seconds fielded first at Cricketfield Road and soon had promotion hopefuls Slinfold in trouble at 12-2, but a century third wicket stand put the visitors on track and they went on to make 214-8 from their 45 overs, thanks to 57 from former Roffey player Dan Smith and 43 from Sean Overton, despite Rakesh Parekh’s 4-41. Horsham also started badly, and although there was a partial recovery – to 106-5 – the last five wickets fell for 23 runs, Imran Shah and Harris Webb claiming three victims each, Slinfold winning by 85 runs, leaving Horsham rooted to the bottom of the table. On Henfield Common, Horsham thirds were inserted and made 1535 from their 40 overs, opener Chris Cooper making 55. The Hosts lost early wickets, but an unbeaten 64

from Andrew Thompson got them over the line with an over and four wickets to spare. Henfield remain in the penultimate spot, one above Horsham, both looking likely to be relegated. Roffey seconds beat Broadwater by 8 wickets at a canter at the coast after the hosts made 158-8 in their 45 overs, Mark Pavlovic taking 4-13 and scoring 54 not out, Roffey opener Anish Padalkar making an unbeaten 79. Roffey head the table with a 38 point lead over Worthing. At Faygate, Roffey thirds slumped to an unaccustomed defeat. Only Wilf Tunely-Lo made double figures with 18, the next highest contributor being 17, as Roffey subsided to 56 all out. Even the wiles of Jim Barnes were unable to make inroads, visitors Barns Green winning by 10 wickets in double quick time. However, Roffey still top the table, 34 points clear of Barns Green. Roffey 4ths’ game fell prey to the weather. They are third in the table, 33 points shy of second placed Crawley.

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weeks of the season to date, only reduced points abandonments LEAGUE – ECB Premier Division depriving them of the lead mid Roffey 249-5 (38 overs) Preston • Our first team have wonseason. the Sussex Premier Nomads 163 all out (29.5 overs) – Coming into the game Roffey Roffey won by 86 runs were 62 pointsyears, ahead of League four times in the last five anearest side Roffey 30 points Preston Nocontender, mercurial Brighton, that features mostly players who have come mads 8 points who were heavily beaten by East Roffey’s up through the ranks asGrinstead, well as whereas superstars like further 30 points, place them 85 Cricket Sydney Sixers’ Ben Manenti. points clear with a maximum of Martin Read - Sports Reporter just 60 more available. The Rof • Not are we the club– seemfey successful story is remarkable Roffey, theonly only unbeaten teammost ingly unnoticed and certainly in the league, sealed the title in Sussex in recent years, we also provide unheralded, they quietly planned last Saturday with two games a platform for those wanting to coming take up the promotion, up through remaining, having headed the table for all but two of the fifteen the leagues into the Premier-

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ship in 2011. Many promoted teams soon go back down, Ansty, Billingshurst, Ifield, Pulborough and Steyning being recent examples. And, relegation has often been followed by a drift down the leagues. But, Roffey consolidated, going on to win the Premiership in 2014, at Preston Nomads, dethroning the holders, who had won the league six times in the preceding eight years. That was largely dismissed as a fluke and Roffey continued to be largely ignored, but they won the title again in 2015 – against a Middleton side including Jofra Archer – and again in 2016, becoming one of only three teams with a hat trick of wins since the start of the league in 1971. Roffey were runner up in 2017, the year that they first won the Sussex Cup and continued their fine run in National competitions, reaching T20 finals day at Derby. They regained the league title last season, and, this year they are back at Hove for the Sussex Cup Final, which they controversially lost last year with the scores level. When Roffey met Preston Nomads at Fulking in June, the game was rained off after 42 overs, with no result and the weather was difficult for the return match, very heavy overnight rain delaying the start, but hats off to um-

pires Dunford and French, whose positive attitude, backed by teams wanting to play, got the game going, on a 38 overs a side basis, at 1.30 despite damp underfoot conditions. Roffey won the toss, soon losing a wicket and subsequently getting to 79-4, with Nomads, bowling well, the happier of the two sides. Enter skipper Matt Davies to bat with the in-form Rohit Jagota. The pair put on 159 runs for the fifth wicket, negating turn and lift. Jagota’s superb unbeaten 113 contained 12 fours, and 5 sixes, bombarding Northolmes School and neighbouring gardens. Davies brought up his 50 with a six before being dismissed for a 57 ball 64. The 250 run target was always going to be challenging in view of Roffey’s bowling options, especially as Nomads were a batsman short, Will Wright withdrawing after injuring his knee in the warm up. Bowling with pace down the hill, James Pearce (2-35) accounted for Nathan Poole, before Ben Manenti dismissed former Roffey player Usman Khan, whose wild swipe gave wicketkeeper Jibran Khan one of his four victims, Manenti taking two more wickets to finish with 3-28. Although there was subsequent resistance and aggression, from 114-6 too much remained to be done and three late

scalps from George Fleming gave Roffey victory with 8.1 overs left. Reflecting on Roffey’s latest title win, Chairman Josh Fleming (skipper when they won the league for the first time), told the District Post; “Its great to win it with two games to go, rather than having to rely on the last game!” Skipper Matt Davies said: “Fantastic! Although we’re a bit subdued because we knew we’d virtually won it last week. Now we want to go on to win the Cup as well.” Batsman Mike Norris added: “Its great to be back at Roffey and I hope we can finish the season unbeaten.” While overseas player Ben Manenti told us: “I’m not surprised ! I’d love to return to Roffey next season.” Preston Nomads’ Captain Dan Phillips paid tribute, saying: “Roffey are such a good side with a great bowling attack.” It was not a good weekend for Nomads – on Sunday they lost in the Semi Final of the Sussex Cup, meaning that Roffey will play Eastbourne in the final at Hove, under lights on September 8th On Saturday, in their penultimate league game of the season, Roffey travel to Middleton, against whom, in the earlier home match, they held on for a nail-biting draw with 9 wickets down and 35 runs adrift.

MCC Horsham visits provide rich entertainment Cricket Martin Read - Sports Reporter Last week the MCC sent two sides to play Horsham for a day of highly entertaining cricket. The full car park confirmed the popularity of the event and the Club’s new caterers (La Creperie) provided a delicious lunch and tea, savoured by many members from past successful seasons at the Club. The games could not have been more entertaining - the men’s teams including Chris Baker, Will Howard, Luke Marshall, Mark Nash and Michael Thornely from Horsham’s 2005 National Cup winning side at Lord’s, alongside Horsham’s former legbreak wizard, multi cricket award winning Michael Munday and last season’s overseas player Mika Ekstrom. A brother and sister revelled in playing for their respective MCC sides and representatives of current Horsham sides, featuring some exciting emerging talent were also much in evidence. In contrast to the very disappointing on field results from Horsham’s sides this season, this was a golden day at Horsham Cricket Club, again underlining how well they organise and put on such showcase events in their attractive surroundings. The men’s game ended in a tie, while the ladies’ match was equally exciting - finishing as a draw with Horsham 9 wickets down.

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Another defeat relegates sad Horsham from the Premiership Saturday August 17 THE 1st CENTRAL SUSSEX LEAGUE – ECB Premier Division Three Bridges 153-9 (34 overs) Horsham 88 all out (22.1overs) Three Bridges won by 65 runs – Three Bridges 30 points Horsham 8 Cricket Martin Read - Sports Reporter Last Saturday Horsham needed a miracle to survive in the upper echelon of Sussex cricket. With a maximum of 90 points available from the last three matches, they were 59 points behind eighth-placed Cuckfield, so even with three big wins, results elsewhere would have been critical. But, as the week before, having got themselves into a seemingly winning position, the frailty of Horsham’s batting and lack of depth of bowling resurfaced and they perished by a distance with almost 12 overs remaining, going down to Division 2 as a result. One of the founders of the league in 1971, Horsham have won the title eight times, lastly in 2004, and they have also won the Sussex Cup on a record 13 occasions, most recently in 2016. So, relegation is unpalatable, and all the more embarrassing because the fortunes of highly successful near neighbours Roffey, comparative newcomers to the Premiership, could not be more different. But, Horsham’s difficulties have been apparent in recent

seasons, so there was an air of inevitability about what is hoped to be Horsham’s temporary demise. Yet, things could so easily have ended differently – in the first game of the season they beat last year’s runner up, Eastbourne, by 9 wickets and later thrashed the then leaders Brighton & Hove by the same margin, and they also beat Mayfield, but failing to overcome Three Bridges at Horsham when they were on toast at 81-9 chasing 246, and somehow losing to Middleton after setting them 341 to win, followed by an inability to get 143 against

Naturally, I am very disappointed and saddened by our relegation, taking us out of the top flight for the first time fellow relegation candidate Mayfield, proving all too costly. At Three Bridges heavy overnight rain reduced the match to a 34 overs a side contest and, after inserting the hosts, in no time Horsham had reduced them to 13-5, impressive young left-armer James Brehaut taking four of the wickets and Sussex’s George Garton the other. Surely this was a game that Horsham could win? Unfortunately not – although Bridges stuttered to 53-7, a 51 run eighth

stand took them to 104-8, Oliver Blandford scoring 52. Then twenties from tailenders Tom Blandford and Arran Brown, boosted by 21 extras, got Bridges up to 153-9, a far bigger target than seemed likely, considering Brehaut’s 4-22 and two wickets apiece from Garton and Johnny Whiting. Replying, Horsham got off to a poor start, but recovered to 45-2, only for six batsmen to get just a single run between them. Skipper Michael Thornely top-scored with 26 and Paul Williams made 21, extras contributing 17 as Horsham subsided to 88 all out. As in recent seasons, Horsham have been unable to put out a settled, consistent side, causing them to raid their second and third teams for players, whose results have suffered accordingly. They have an excellent wicket, outstanding facilities and now need to find and retain players wanting to play at the attractive, historic ground, Cricket Chairman Richard Marshall, telling the District Post: “Naturally, I am very disappointed and saddened by our relegation, taking us out of the top flight for the first time. We are determined to bounce back and are already putting plans in place designed to restore our position and bring further success to the club.” On Saturday, with only pride to play for, Horsham return home for the last time this season taking on East Grinstead, and hoping to avenge their 60 run defeat in the corresponding away match earlier in the season.

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Premier League round up – matches on Saturday August 17th Cricket Martin Read - Sports Reporter Away from the Horsham and Roffey matches, the match of the day was at Cuckfield, but first, here is news of the end of Brighton’s title pretensions, when, at their Nevill Sports Ground they were inserted by East Grinstead, but could only score 193-8 off their 50 over allocation. Brighton put on 100 for the first wicket, openers Hugo Gillespie and Bryce Hounsome making 58 and 39, respectively, but then only Curtis Ford and Tim Jarvis got into the twenties, former Sussex quick Lewis Hatchett taking 4-14. Replying, Grinstead knocked off the runs for the loss of three wickets with six overs to spare, mainly thanks to an unbeaten 84 from Tom Haynes, supported by 37 from wicketkeeper Leo Cammish. Mayfield were also hoping for a win to move them up the table, and, after being put in by Eastbourne, they made 202-4 in a game reduced to 34 overs a side, Kaushal Silva scoring 80 and

Harry Lloyd 64. When Eastbourne replied, David Hooper took 4-29, but prolific James Hockley made 70 and Ben Twine 51, sealing the five wicket win off 31.2 overs. At Cuckfield, the hosts won the toss and invited Middleton to bat, posting 266-6 off 50 overs, skipper Sean Heather scoring 89 and Mahesh Rawat 69 not out. Then, in an exciting finish, Cuckfield were all out – for 266 – off the last available ball after Joe Cambridge had posted 78, Joe Ludlow 61 and Marcus Campopiano 51, three wickets each from Matthew Reynolds, and Sean Heather, two from Harry Hovey and two run outs securing the tie, with Norman Wisdom’s grandson Gregory failing to make his ground at the death to leave the scores level. With two games to play, Brighton stay second, 85 points behind champions Roffey, while East Grinstead are third, three adrift of Brighton, with Middleton fourth, Eastbourne seventh and Cuckfield eighth with 264, 36 more than relegation threatened Mayfield.

YMCA go through in FA Cup – next round on Saturday Saturday August 10 – FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round Horsham YMCA 2 1 Croydon Football Martin Read - Sports Reporter On a day more akin to Autumn with blustery conditions from the off, YM Manager Peter Buckland was able to name first choice goalkeeper Aaron Jeal after an appendix operation had denied Jeal pre-season preparation and first week availability. Luke Gedling, though, was not able to start after picking up an injury at Alfold in midweek. Bouncing back from their challenging first week of the season, YM were quickly out of the blocks and took an early lead when Martin Smith latched onto a through ball to put the hosts ahead after 5 minutes against his former club. The first half saw a good opening spell of pressure from YM with the team seeking a second goal, but the wind was hampering both

sides, the score remaining 1-0 in YM’s favour at the break. The second half also began in lively fashion for YM and they picked up a penalty which was despatched with pace by Dean Carden to put YM 2 up soon after the restart. However, Croydon rallied well and started to build up momentum, testing Jeal, but he kept the visitors threat at bay until the second penalty of the game was awarded on 71 minutes, which, on conversion, gave the visitors an impetus to push on for an equaliser and a replay. But, the YM defence held firm with a reaction save from Jeal in the last minute securing passage to the Preliminary Round when YM host Egham Town of the Combined Counties League Premier Division at Gorings Mead this Saturday. In their Extra Preliminary Round tie Egham drew 2-2 with Lancing and the teams remained level, at 4-4, in the rematch, which was decided by a penalty shoot out, which Egham won 3-4 at the south coast.

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Saturday August 17 – The BetVictor Isthmian League Premier Division Enfield Town 1 4 Horsham Football Martin Read - Sports Reporter After two 1-1 draws in a tough start, Horsham were thrilled to pull off their first Isthmian League win of this campaign, fol-

lowing their promotion, especially as Enfield Town are widely tipped to be involved in the challenge to move up, come the end of the season. Horsham Manager Dom di Paola had declared himself happy with Horsham’s performances prior to the trip to Enfield’s Queen Elizabeth 11 Stadium, but after Horsham’s 4-1 win - which left Enfield stunned after their mid week

trouncing of Bishops Strotford 5 nil - he was absolutely delighted. And it was particularly pleasing that Horsham produced such a dominant result after Enfield had drawn level and were pushing to storm ahead. The hosts harried Horsham in the early exchanges, but the foray came to nothing before home goalkeeper Nathan McDonald negated Chris Smith’s effort. Enfield then

blazed over, ahead of Horsham’s Charlie Harris bending a free kick just round the post. Smith was soon in action again, but again McDonald was on hand, and then Harris was too aerial. Jon Muelba tested the Hornets’ defence, but it was Horsham who took the lead when Smith latched onto Lea Dawson’s through ball to shoot directly at McDonald, who somehow contrived to push the ball behind him into

the goal, Horsham leading 1 nil at the break. As expected, Enfield came back out fighting and, before the hour mark, had equalised, Ken Charles heading in from close range. Seeking further success, Enfield kept pressing, Hornets’ keeper George Bentley keeping them at bay, aided by some wayward volleys, mistakes that the home side came to regret when Horsham scored twice in double quick time. First Harris took advantage of a botched clearance, crashing it home. Then Kieran Lavery’s free kick was parried out for Smith to put Horsham 3-1 up. This seemed to nullify Enfield, who were forced to concentrate on preventing further Horsham goals. Horsham, though, put the result beyond all doubt when Zac Newton scythed through to get the fourth. In the FA Cup Preliminary Round this Saturday, Horsham travel to East London’s Mile End Stadium to take on Tower Hamlets. Then, switching to league action on Bank Monday (26th), they are on the road again, to Lewes’ Dripping Pan

Horsham battle through to hard fought draw at Bognor Tuesday August 13 – The BetVictor Isthmian League Premier Division Bognor Regis Town 1 1 Horsham Football Martin Read - Sports Reporter In unaccustomed territory, Horsham were happy to come away from this mid week floodlit game against strong Bognor Regis Town at Nyetimber Lane with another 1-1 draw, from the second of their opening two matches following promotion. Bognor created the first opportunity in the eighth minute, but Stuart Green’s header was too aerial, shortly afterwards the same player broke through to supply Dan Smith, but he was unable to get the ball past George Bentley in the Horsham goal. With the Hornets taking control of the game, midfielder Charlie Harris then unleashed a speculative, unthreatening distant attempt before Rob

O’Toole centred to Lee Harding, but Bognor keeper Charlie Searle was not unduly challenged. Horsham, though, kept pressing, O’Toole and Harris combining to harry the hosts, but again Searle thwarted the visitors. Jimmy Muitt then really tested Bentley with a rasping drive, ahead of the keeper’s legs keeping out Smith’s effort. While, at the other end, Searle thwarted another Horsham attack, depriving Kieran Lavery’s close range attempt. But, with half time beckoning, O’Toole powerfully headed home a corner to give Horsham a 1-nil lead at the break. Knowing that a single goal was unlikely to be enough, Horsham opened strongly and five minutes into the second half a build up culminated with Zach Newton but, with defenders in attendance, the winger could not generate a sufficiently forceful shot. Bentley then kept out Smith’s golden opportunity, and with Horsham obliged

to unfurl long range shots, Lavery had repeated off target bids. With Bognor now in command, James Crane was off-target, but Horsham’s lead had little further life, Tyrell Mitford conjuring up a searing rocket for the Rocks to equalise 12 minutes from time. Horsham reacted positively, Jack Brivio inducing a full length denial from Searle, yet, with Mitford on the rampage, Bognor were intent on turning the screw, and it took a spectacular save from Bentley to keep the score level. In the dying moments, Mitford tormented Horsham again, with Tommy Leigh also causing problems, but Bentley rounded off his excellent game by keeping them at bay, Horsham being relieved to leave with a hard-earned point. On Saturday the Hornets are on the road again, with a lengthy trip to North London to take on Enfield Town

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