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Horsham stun Enfield with superb clinical win Photos by John Lines

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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