Maidstone Utd 3 Horsham 0: Charman ‘It was never a penalty’

Horsham assistant manager Gary Charman said Maidstone’s front-two players Ade Olorunda and Stuart King were the difference between the two sides during their 3-0 defeat on Saturday.

And he praised his central midfield pairing of Karly Akehurst and Scott Harris who stood out in a good first half for the Hornets.

JPCT 18-08-12 S12330455X  FOOTBALL: Horsham v Corinthian-Casuals at Gorings Mead. Gary Charman -photo by Steve Cobb

JPCT 18-08-12 S12330455X FOOTBALL: Horsham v Corinthian-Casuals at Gorings Mead. Gary Charman -photo by Steve Cobb

But he reckoned by the end the better side had won, even if the scoreline was flattering.

He said: “Their front-two were a complete handful. I’m pleased for them and wish them luck in the play-offs. The table doesn’t lie, they are the second best team in the league. I thought we had a few stand-out players. I thought Karly Akehurst and Scott Harris had a superb first half.

“We’ve played a hell of a lot of football in the last month and got out of danger.”

Charman stressed the result was not a fair reflection of the game with the opening goal particularly undeserved.

He said: “The result flattered them really. Two disappointing goals, one was against me and was never a penalty as I haven’t touched him. The lino said I hadn’t fouled and it the ref had already made up his mind. The second goal was just a set-piece from a throw-in.”

Click on the video above to hear Gary Charman’s views after the game.