Horsham rose to fifth with their third win of the season on Bank Holiday Monday when they beat local rivals Three Bridges 1-0 in a fiery battle on their own pitch despite being reduced to ten men.
Jamie Cade’s 34th minute headed goal proved to be enough to come away with three points despite Jahmahal King being send-off leaving his team-mates to battle out the last 18 minutes a man down.
Assistant manager Gary Charman was in charge as boss Simon Colbran had work commitments. He declared his team showed ‘a lot of courage’ in bouncing back from their disappointing 1-1 draw against Worthing on Saturday.
He said; “We started off slowly but after the fantastic goal, Tony’s fantastic cross and that great header, it was all us.
“We probably should have put them to bed and have been two or three-up by half-time. The sending-off was the right decision was disappointing because you have got to go for it and he just caught him (Lee Carney).
“The last 20 minutes against with us down to 10 men was fantastic - they only had two half chances and we should have had a penalty!”
Bridges got off to the better start with decent football leading to two early chances as Carney had a free-kicked tipped over the bar by Michael Hunter and Williams Peauroux supplied a breakaway pass for Elliott Romain who was denied by Hunter who got down low.
Hornets then created three chances in quick succession and scored from one of them.
Byron Napper delivered a fine pass from the left which Cade headed over the bar.
Then in a similar move from the right, Tony Nwachukwu crossed sublimely leaving cade only to glance his header into the net for Horsham to take the lead.
Boosted by the goal, Horsham might have soon made it 2-0 when Nwachukwu crossed for Gaby Odunaike who headed a matter of inches over the bar.
Bridges’ Marcus Elliott had an effort turned around for a corner and then supplied Carney for a menacing attempt which rolled halmlessly into Hunter’s arms.
At the end of the first half Tony Nwuchukwo had an appeal for a penalty turned down after a challenge by Nigel Brake.
Horsham turned up the pressure in the second half as Tony had one chance saved and then moments later put another across the face of goal. Odunaike was put through on goal through the middle but his blocked effort was ruled offside.
Jahmahal King was sent off in the 72nd minute for his second yellow, for tripping Carney on the edge of the area.
From the following free-kick, Peauroux saw his rasping free-kick safely gathered by Hunter.
Substitute Ian Varley and Hunter received yellow cards, Hunter for time-wasting and Varley intercepted a Peauroux cross with a header which nearly went in his own net as Horsham held on to their first half half lead.
Horsham: Hunter, Hamilton (Varley 42), BJ King, J King, Simpson, Napper, Morley, Harris, Odunaike, Cade, Nwachukwu (Gomez 75). Unused subs: Charman, Dunn, Frankland