Mansfield gets the nod

ALAN Mansfield will keep the Horsham goalkeeper’s jersey for Tuesday night’s league game with Croydon Athletic after making a stunning return to the side on Saturday.

The stopper, who last played for the Hornets in 2008, made a string of high class saves throughout his return debut as John Maggs’ men fought their way to a much needed 2-0 win at promotion-chasing AFC Hornchurch on Saturday.

“On that performance he’s got to play Tuesday night,” Maggs said. “I put him straight in today because Mark (Zawadski) has been struggling with a knock on the hip and probably needs a game or two to get over that.”

After Paul Kennett gave Horsham a four minute lead with his head the visitors were forced to defend for their lives as Hornchurch battered them for virtually the rest of the match.

But the Horsham back line stood firm and a late Billy Dunn strike made sure of all three points to the delight of manager Maggs.

He said: “You can look at Ben Andrews who was awesome and my goalkeeper was outstanding, even Michael (Hector) before he had to go off was very very good.

“Paul Kennett was outstanding, Lee Carey as well, all my back four with the support of the middle pair were outstanding.

“We were under the cosh for 80 minutes of that game out of 90. The law of averages says you’ll get beat but we have defended and sealed it with a late goal and all credit to the boys.”