Horsham overcame a stubborn Chichester City 4-1 at Gorings Mead in a testing encounter in the Premier Division of the Southern Combination League this afternoon.
The Hornets did not have it all their own way and only led 2-1 at the break after Joe Shelley’s early strike was levelled by Rob Madden.
Kieron Pamment added a second before the break and the visitors stood up to their hosts until a superb lob from Darren Boswell and late Jordan Clark free-kick sealed the three points.
The home side had the ball in the net early on as Dodd finished simply after Mark Knee had broke down the left and pulled the ball back, but the whistle went as the defender had strayed offside.
On 12 minutes, Alex Duncan was penalised for a challenge on Dan Hegerty, who skipped through one-on-one and wanted the advantage, but the man in the middle, Adrian Harris, blew up for the foul.
Josh Clack’s effort however was catching practice for Gareth Williams and less than a minute later Horsham led. A ball across the area found Shelley and he twisted and turned in the six-yard box before firing through Jack Fagan’s legs.
A dangerous Pamment ball from right was then turned away at the back post by Tom Atkinson.
City levelled on 21 minutes after great work on the byline by Kieran Hartley, who broke two challenges and drilled across goal, but after a parry from Williams, Madden stabbed home the equaliser.
Horsham retook the lead on 36 minuets as a Dodd shot deflected off-target and it was headed back across goal from Pamment to smash home from close range.
In first-half injury time, a Ben Buckland free-kick flew over Williams and centre-back Madden drilled back across goal from the back post and the chance was gone.
Within three minutes of the second half, Pamment had tested Fagan with a low effort after a defender slipped when trying to clear Knee’s cross from the left.
At the other end, Williams got just enough on Hegarty’s effort as it squirmed under his body but thankfully for the stopper rolled wide.
On 56 minutes, there was a hefty collision between Fagan and his own defender Madden as they tried to clear as Dodd latched onto a through ball, but after treatment, both were able to continue.
The Hornets best move of the half came soon after worked from the back by Charlie Farmer, Clark, Dodd and Knee found Boswell in space 20 yards out and he forced Fagan to palm the ball away.
Pamment looked to have added a third on 61 minutes as Clark’s reverse pass put Pamment in one-on-one and as he beat the goalkeeper only to have his effort hooked off the line.
On 68 minutes, City’s Jimmy Wild broke away on the right and drove into the box and curled past Williams, only to have his effort come back off the post when it looked to be nestling in the far corner.
Back at the other end, Farmer’s looping header from a deep Pamment delivery fell onto the roof of the net. Fagan then went down clearly feeling the ill-effects of the earlier collision and was replaced by Austen Holden.
And his first touch was to pick the ball out of the net as a lovely through ball by Farmer allowed Boswell to deftly flick over the replacement stopper.
Horsham should have had a penalty in the closing stages as Clark was felled by Atkinson, but the referee gave a free-kick just outside the area. That was not going to deter Clark, however, as he spotted a gap in the wall and fired into the bottom corner for 4-1.
Horsham: Williams, Knee, Jones, Farmer, Duncan (Storrie 76), Hunt (Lewis 65), Shelley, Clark, Pamment, Dodd (Archibald 76), Boswell. Unused subs: Hadi.
Chichester: Fagan (Holden 73), Buckland (Kendall 45), Atkinson, Bingham, Hartley, Boyle, Case (Kelly 71), Wild, Clack, Hegarty. Unused subs: Smith.
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