It was a case of job done for Horsham as a Terry Dodd brace helped them pick up three points against a struggling East Preston side on Tuesday night.
The Hornets came up against a side that set out to defend and were far cry from the flair team that Horsham boss Dominic Di Paola won the County League title with at The Lashmar in the 2013/14 season.
The hosts went into the match having lost all eight games so far this season and when Dodd netted a first-half brace they were never going to improve on that record.
The first came on 10 minutes as Scott Murfin cut inside and chipped into Dodd who finished well past Ben Purkis.
Dodd made it two shortly before half-time as a Gareth Williams goalkick was flicked on by Shelley and the forward lobbed home from 20 yards.
The second half was petered out for Horsham, who had a couple of penalty shouts turned down and utilised the bench early on.
Di Paola said: “It was one of those games that if you slip up and lose it’s a bit of an embarrassment and if you win, as you are expected to, people say you should have won by more.
“I do not think they had a shot and I do not think they had a corner. They parked the bus and asked us to go at them. It was a bit of a disappointment as a game of football, but that’s the nature of some of the teams in this league.
“I just do not like playing poor teams, it does not appeal to me. Some managers relish that to see how many they can put past a team. But we got the win and we move on now.”
Horsham: Williams, Duncan (Pamment 61), Farmer, Jones (Storrie 67), Knee (Boswell 61), Clark, Shelley, Hunt, Lewis, Murfin, Dodd. Unused: Hadi, Storrie, Gilbert.