Colbran: ‘That was for the fans’

Horsham boss Simon Colbran
Horsham boss Simon Colbran

Jubilant Horsham boss Simon Colbran has dedicated the side’s first away win in the league for more than a year to the club’s ‘superb’ supporters.

Colbran and his players went straight over to their visiting fans to share the adulation in the wake of Horsham’s 2-1 win at Leatherhead on Saturday, the first away from Gorings Mead since the 2-0 win at AFC Hornchurch in August last year.

“16 months without an away league win is just ridiculous but those supporters are still there cheering us on so we’ve done it for them,” Colbran said.

“Me and my players went over to them after the game because it means just as much to them as it does to us, they’ve been superb in their support.

“You read things on the forum, some I agree with and some I don’t, everyone’s entitled to their opinion but what it does show is how much they really care about this football club so this is a little payback for them.”

New signings Scott Tipper and Ryan Woodford - signed only the day before and returning for his second spell - made the difference with the goals as Horsham came from behind at Fetcham Grove.

And Colbran enthused: “With Billy Medlock, our penalty taker missing I asked before the game who wants to step up and without hesitation Woody said ‘I’ll do it’, and then sure enough he sticks away the penalty. It’s those sorts of characters I’m looking for in my side.

“And Scott Tipper was a handful all game, he’s not only a big target but he works hard and I’ve always said I only want players who will give 100 per cent. Both of them made a difference as well as Evan Archibald who ran his socks off before I took him off with ten minutes to go.”

The result also made it two wins and a draw from Horsham’s last three matches, arresting the run of three straight defeats to move Horsham up to 17th. “We’re now looking up not down,” Colbran added.

And in further good news for the club, winger Tony Nwachukwu is aiming for a Christmas return to action having found out he doesn’t require an operation on his injured knee.

Tomorrow night (Tuesday) Horsham go to Eastbourne Borough in the second round of the Sussex Senior Cup.