Horsham put in a superb second-half display to knock Ryman League South Division side Peacehaven out of the Sussex Senior Cup tonight.
The home side turned around a 1-0 half-time defict when they trailed to a Jack Rowehurst goal, thanks to second-half strikes from Evan Archibald, Kieron Pamment and Terry Dodd.
It piled on more misery for former Hornets manager Simon Colbran, who saw his new Peacehaven side lose their eighth straight game in all competitions.
In a well-contested game with both sides trying to make use of the lovely surface it was Horsham that looked the stronger after the break and won through to the third round.
A number of former Horsham players lined-up for the visitors including Jamie Brotherton, Karl Akehurst, Chamal Fenelon and Felipe Lira.
Both sides were zipping the ball about in the opening stages and the first chance went Horsham’s way on five minutes as Archibald’s looping header was superbly tipped onto the bar by Alieo Seckon and Pamment could only put the follow-up wide when under pressure.
It took the Magpies until 12 minutes for their first shot as James Hammond’s effort whistled past the post.
But they did lead just three minutes later as a mix up the back allowed a high ball to bounce at the Horsham defence as Ryan Storrie, Mark Knee and Ashley Jones all looked at each other and Jack Rowehurst made it look simple as he lobbed over Gareth Williams from 20 yards.
Five minutes later, Peacehaven again had Secko to thank as he beat away a fierce Darren Boswell shot from Archibald’s cross from the near post, while Pamment’s follow-up was deflected wide.
On 25 minutes, Knee’s low driven free-kick was again stopped by Secko and the keeper got up to block Joe Shelley’s follow-up although he was offside anyway.
Soon after, Josh Marshall skipped away down the right and cut inside to shift the ball to Brotherton, but Williams held his effort from outside the box.
In the second half, the visitors had the first effort as Marshall profited from a Horsham error, but he opted to shoot from range rather than drive towards goal and Williams was down to hold.
But Horsham levelled after just seven minutes as great work from Boswell saw him skip across the edge of the box before sliding in Pamment and he picked out Archibald for a tap-in.
Moments later they could have led as Pamment went through on the right and fired across goal and narrowly wide.
At the other end, Williams was alert to tip Hammond’s effort from range over the as he was allowed too much time on the ball.
Hornets had the lead on 75 minutes as Boswell’s brilliant reverse pass saw Pamment run in behind to the left of the area and he opened up his body to finish via the inside of the far post.
The home side added a third on 83 minutes as Secko tipped a Shelley header onto the bar, the ball was delivered back in by Pamment and this time Secko could only claw Dodd’s nodded effort into the net.
In the closing stages, Horsham’s Jake Chadwick came off the bench for the first time since breaking his collarbone earlier in the season, while youth teamer Tom Jaman also made his first team debut.
Horsham: Williams, Hunt, Jones, Knee, Storrie, Pamment (Chadwick 84), Lewis, Shelley, Boswell (Duncan 78), Archibald, Dodd (Jarman 88). Unused subs: Waller.
Peacehaven: Secko, Hunter, Marzette, Martin, Lira, Marshall (Schaaf 53), Akehurst, Hammond, Rowehurst (B.Colbran 73), Brotherton, Fenelon (Agnoly 45). Unused subs: Zydonik.
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