NEW Horsham manager Simon Colbran reckoned the shock of winning a league match on Saturday caused them to freeze and suffer a miserable 3-1 defeat at the hands of second to bottom Averley on Tuesday night.
His new side looked weak defensively and conceded three goals in the opening 17 minutes which affectively killed the game.
However amid the gloom there was some cause for optimism as they improved dand after 40 minutes right back Charlie Farmer, making his debut, went forward for a corner and pulled a goal back.
Horsham tightened up at the back after the break and managed to put some pressure on the visitors but without creating many scoring chances.
Kery Kedze was sent-off with a minute of added time to go for his second bookable offence and the scoreline remained 3-1 at full-time.
Colbran said; “I think they forgot how to win. When they did win on Saturday it was a shock to the system and I did worry about what was going to happen in the first 15 minutes.
“It’s a funny thing when you haven’t won for so many games and then your mind changes with thoughts of going on a run and you can freeze in the next game and that’s what they’ve done, they froze.
“In the first 10 minutes Aveley put balls across the back-four, they’ve nicked it and put the ball in the net.
“At half-time I said you’ve got to learn from it and need to get in and stop that happening in the future.
“On Saturday they were fantastic and so tight and forced them back but tonight we were two yards off the pace. At this standard of football if you let people turn and run at you you’ve got problems.
“After 25 minutes we started getting tighter again, forcing them back and started to get a lot more possession.
“The first few minutes were really disappointing but after that I thought we did OK. We had a lot more belief, desire, passion and possession in the second half and gave a good account of ourselves.”