Charman delighted with another Horsham win and a first clean sheet in 24 games

Tony Nwachukwu (pictured) and Billy Dunn have impressed in both games having been left out the previous game - photo by Steve Cobb
Tony Nwachukwu (pictured) and Billy Dunn have impressed in both games having been left out the previous game - photo by Steve Cobb

Gary Charman was full of praise for his tired Horsham players for digging deep to earn their second win in four days.

Having netted a hat-trick in a 6-2 hammering of Guernsey on Saturday, Billy Dunn was on target again and his ninth minute goal proved enough for a 1-0 win over Crawley Down on Tuesday.

The pair of wins are Charman’s first as manager, lifting the side up to 17th in the Ryman South table following nine games without victory.

It was also Horsham’s first clean sheet in 24 matches, their last shut-out coming in a 2-0 FA Cup win over Walton & Hersham at the end of August.

The only slight disappointment for the player/manager was an inability to kill the Anvils off in a game they dominate, the visitors not managing a shot on target over the entire 90 minutes.

Charman, who came off at half-time with a side strain, said: “I’m really pleased for the boys, it was a tough game today. Conditions were very heavy and obviously the work-rate they put in on Saturday they started feeling it the last 20 minutes.

“Great result, it’s the first time for a long long time we’ve kept a clean sheet. When you’re down the bottom like we are you need three points to claw yourself out of it and six points in four days has helped out no end.

“But it’s not just that, it’s the way they’ve played as well. Some individual performances have been excellent.

“Billy Dunn took the limelight on Saturday but I thought Jamie Cade today was exceptional, he must have covered every blade of grass on the pitch.

“Again Byron Napper, he’s been back two games and we’ve won both. The stats don’t lie and the guy makes things happen, there’s no doubt we’ve missed him.

And he added: “Hunts (goalkeeper Michael Hunter) didn’t have a shot to save all game, we were very comfortable.

“We didn’t put the game to bed which was a bit of a shame, maybe we scored all of our (goals) on Saturday. But a fair scoreline would have been 3-0 or 4-0 and I think anyone watching here tonight would agree with that.”