Maggs: ‘Charman could be answer to Horsham’s defensive frailties’

JOHN MAGGS hinted that Gary Charman may keep his role in defence for the rest of the season after he put in another fine performance in last night’s 3-1 Sussex Senior Cup Quarter-Final replay win over Burgess Hill.

Billy Dunn gave Horsham a slender half-time lead and a Lloyd Cotton own goal made it 2-0 five minutes after the restart.

Charman, who got his head on everything and showed great anticipation at centre back all game, was unlucky to nod into his own goal with ten minutes remaining.

But any nerves were settled when, three minutes later substitute Lee Farrell rounded Hillians keeper Callum Christe and despite slipping still found the net to deservedly book Horsham a semi-final match with either Lewes or Brighton.

Maggs said: “I think we deserved what we got tonight, I won’t say it was comfortable but there were some big players in our side tonight, one of those was Gary Charman who was outstanding at the back.

“Paul Kennett in midfield won everything and worked really hard and there were other tidy performances as well.”

And on attacking midfielder Charman keeping the role in defence he said: “I think that’s been proven to be a big success, he was very good Saturday up at Cray.

“What he gives us is obviously the aerial power, he’s excellent in the air, but his anticipation of where the balls going is top dollar.

“I tell you what, he could make a first class centre half. I know we lose him further up the pitch but at the moment, recently we’ve been leaking goals and he’s really steadied things up for us.”

Maggs also praised striker Dunn for an excellent first goal and then for forcing the own goal, and the result means Horsham are now just one match away from a final appearance at Brighton’s new stadium in July.

Maggs said: “But what it does, the win gives us a big boost with the current game Saturday against Hastings.

“It gives us another really good fixture to look forward to. Lewes or Brighton, I know the supporters will be excited about that and who knows.

“The finals beckoning really, we’re still in there and it would be a great game in July, a nice pre-season friendly.”