PICTURES: Horsham celebrate title and promotion

Southern Combination League, Premier Division: Horsham v Hailsham. Horsham win the title. Pic Steve Robards SR1610999 SUS-160416-200737001
Southern Combination League, Premier Division: Horsham v Hailsham. Horsham win the title. Pic Steve Robards SR1610999 SUS-160416-200737001

There were jubilant scenes at Gorings Mead on Saturday as Horsham lifted the Southern Combination League title.

The Hornets recorded an emphatic 11-1 rout over relegated Hailsham Town to seal the crown in superb style.

Southern Combination League, Premier Division: Horsham v Hailsham. Horsham win the title. Pic Steve Robards SR1610971 SUS-160416-200714001

Southern Combination League, Premier Division: Horsham v Hailsham. Horsham win the title. Pic Steve Robards SR1610971 SUS-160416-200714001

Terry Dodd and Kieron Pamment both netted hat-tricks as the homeless Hornets bounced back into the Ryman League at the first time of asking after last year’s relegation.

Going into their penultimate game, a point would have sealed the success, which was almost already certain due to their superior goal difference.

But second placed Eastbourne Town’s draw at home to Broadbridge Heath would have meant even a defeat would have seen Horsham crowned champions.

Our photographer Steve Robards was at the game and he took a great selection of photographs, more of which will be published in Thursday’s West Sussex County Times.

Southern Combination League, Premier Division: Horsham v Hailsham. Horsham win the title. Pic Steve Robards SR1611028 SUS-160416-200826001

Southern Combination League, Premier Division: Horsham v Hailsham. Horsham win the title. Pic Steve Robards SR1611028 SUS-160416-200826001

Read the match report here.

Read manager Dominic Di Paola’s reaction here.

And see the thoughts of striker Terry Dodd on becoming an internet sensation during the match here.

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Southern Combination League, Premier Division: Horsham v Hailsham. Horsham win the title. Pic Steve Robards SR1611017 SUS-160416-200813001

Southern Combination League, Premier Division: Horsham v Hailsham. Horsham win the title. Pic Steve Robards SR1611017 SUS-160416-200813001

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Southern Combination League, Premier Division: Horsham v Hailsham. Horsham win the title. Pic Steve Robards SR1610923 SUS-160416-200638001

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Southern Combination League, Premier Division: Horsham v Hailsham. Horsham win the title. Pic Steve Robards SR1610959 SUS-160416-200702001

Southern Combination League, Premier Division: Horsham v Hailsham. Horsham win the title. Pic Steve Robards SR1610959 SUS-160416-200702001

Southern Combination League, Premier Division: Horsham v Hailsham. Horsham win the title. Pic Steve Robards SR1610996 SUS-160416-200726001

Southern Combination League, Premier Division: Horsham v Hailsham. Horsham win the title. Pic Steve Robards SR1610996 SUS-160416-200726001

Southern Combination League, Premier Division: Horsham v Hailsham. Horsham win the title. Pic Steve Robards SR1610946 SUS-160416-200650001

Southern Combination League, Premier Division: Horsham v Hailsham. Horsham win the title. Pic Steve Robards SR1610946 SUS-160416-200650001