Horsham coach Gary Charman reckons the club’s kids have a great future after they helped the side stay in contention against Worthing in the Ryman League Cup.
A 90th minute goal by former YM striker Nick Sullivan knocked a youthful Horsham side out of the competition clinching a 2-1 defeat on Tuesday night.
He said: “They all did extremely well. We used the whole squad plus a lot of youngsters as well and there was no-way we deserved to lose the tie.
“Their goal was offside without doubt and it was a sucker punch at the end. It was a fantastic cross into the area from a corner ball.
Despite missing seven regulars through unavailability and injury, Hornets took the lead in the 32nd minute when Ryan Marriott pounced from 10 yards after seizing upon a mistake from Worthing defender Josh Bryant.
Horsham’s lead was shortlived as just six minutes later a former Hornet, Luke Gedling, controversially avoided being penalised for offside and slotted into the Horsham net.
Horsham had a number of personnel missing, including their manager Simon Colbran who had a minor operation on the day of the game,
His assistant Gary Charman was in charge from the dugout and did not play to rest a groin injury.
Scott Tipper and Glen Woodburn were both cup-tied, having already played for Worthing in this competition against Crawley Down Gatwick.
The visitors dominated the last 15 minutes before finally Sullivan rose to head in a perfectly placed corner by Jamie Brotherton in the last minute.
Charman added: “Their first goal was offside without doubt and it was a sucker punch at the end. It was a fantastic cross into the area from a corner ball.
“They have had five chances and scored twice and we have had six chances and scored once. The youngsters did extremely well and after a slow start, learnt as the game went on.
“They looked like older teenagers playing men’s football. All of them will be playing at this level in the next two years. We always like to play our youngsters.”