ONE OF Horsham FC’s brightest young talents Tony Nwachukwu has signed a new contract which will keep him at the club at least another year.
The pacy winger, who turns 22 at the end of the month, agreed terms on Saturday, and the news comes as a much-needed boost to the relegated club as they prepare for life in the Ryman South.
Hornets manager Simon Colbran said: “He signed a new contract on Saturday, a year’s extension, and it’s massive for the club. He’s a talented player and he wants to stay with us next year which is great news.”
And he added: “In fact all the players I want to keep have all committed to staying on next season, so it means instead of me coming in and having to find 18 new faces I may have to only find only five or so.”
Four goals in his first three Ryman Premier games - including a stunning hat-trick at Kingstonian - capped a blistering start for young forward Nwachukwu, and although his performances, along with the whole team, dropped as defeats became the norm he was showing a return to form before injuring his hamstring in the 3-0 defeat to AFC Hornchurch at the end of last month. He is expected to miss tomorrow night’s Brighton Charity Cup game with Crowborough but could return to action on Saturday.
Nwachukwu is one of only a small number of players on contracts on Horsham, meaning any team interested in signing him would have to agree a fee instead of simply putting in a seven-day approach.
Colbran was again unhappy with two ‘silly mistakes’ which allowed Dave Laird to put Wingate & Finchley 2-0 up on Saturday. Dan Morris did pull one back from the penalty spot but Horsham could not find a leveller, going down to their 31st league defeat of the season.
Boss Colbran said: “It’s so frustrating because we were the better side no doubt about it. We had the better chances and it was two silly mistakes for their goals.
“We should have gone in one, maybe 2-0 up at half-time so we didn’t finish our chances as well. I’ve knocked the defence a fair bit but the strikers have to look at themselves as well, they need to put the ball in the back of the net to take the pressure off the defence.”
Wingate’s two goals saw Horsham concede their 99th and 100th league goal this season.