JUSTIN Luchford admitted he was feeling the pressure last night as his Horsham side stood on the brink of an FA Cup first qualifying round exit to Lingfield.
Trailing 2-1 deep into stoppage time, Dane Luchford popped up with a well taken leveller against the ten man County League side, before adding a second in extra time and laying on a fourth for Tony Nwachukwu to seal a 4-2 win. The Hornets have now booked a place in the second qualifying round at Burnham, and more importantly pocketed the £3,000 prize money.
And manager Justin Luchford said his team desperately needed that result.
“What a cup tie,” he said. “You have to give them credit. I’m 30 seconds away from, not jacking it in, I wouldn’t have done that, I’m not that kind of person, but I am going away thinking what can I do? We threw the kitchen sink at them and tried every tactic in the book.
“Although we walk away with a win, they will be devastated, they are 30 seconds away from it and it took a touch of class from Dane.
“As much as I feel guilty towards them I needed that, and I needed that more than they did.
“Just for my lads to break the duck at home and give them that feelgood factor, they are buzzing now.
“I needed that result. The chairman nicely put the pressure on me Saturday afternoon saying ‘we need that £3,000’ so that has been playing on my mind a little bit over the last few days and fortunately we have got it now and we are in the next round.”