Eastbourne Town 0-2 Horsham: Hornets leave it late to beat bottom side

Horsham midfielder Ross Morley battles for possession against Eastbourne. Below Ashley Robinson playing against his former side. Pics by Stephen Curtis
Horsham midfielder Ross Morley battles for possession against Eastbourne. Below Ashley Robinson playing against his former side. Pics by Stephen Curtis

Late goals from Jamie Cade and Gary Charman handed Horsham a well-deserved three points away at Eastbourne Town on Wednesday night.

An inspired display from home goalkeeper Joe Taylor had kept the Hornets at bay until top scorer Cade broke the deadlock with eight minutes remaining and Charman then made sure with a second goal in the final minute.

Eastbourne Town v Horsham April 9th 2014 at The Saffrons Ryman League South

Eastbourne Town v Horsham April 9th 2014 at The Saffrons Ryman League South

Bottom of the table Town started brightly at the Saffrons with recent signing Gregg Berry causing some early problems.

He was crudely brought down first by Lewis Hamilton and then Jahmahl King as he burst through, both Horsham defenders receiving cautions.

As the half moved on Horsham began to carve out chances with lively winger Tony Nwachukwu setting up Cade, whose shot was well saved by Taylor in the Town goal.

Former Eastbourne Town players Ashley Robinson and Bruno Pacheco set up Cade once again but Taylor was equal to everything that the visitors threw at him, with a couple of saves from Robinson then Nwachukwu before also denying Pacheco.

After the interval Horsham had a decent shout for a penalty for handball but the officials waved away frantic appeals.

The visitors were by now well on top. Defenders Ross Sutton and Tom Gilbert were protecting Taylor, who was up to everything that was being fired at him.

The highlight was a brilliant save from Cade as he held on to a shot from point blank range when it looked certain the visitors would take the lead.

As the game entered the final ten minutes Horsham finally got their breakthrough as Cade beat several defenders before slotting past Taylor.

Then in the final minute a Nwachukwu cross was headed home by player/manager Charman as Horsham left the Saffrons with the three points to complete the double of Town.

This Saturday Horsham host Hastings United at Gorings Mead (3pm kick off), with free entry for children under-16.

Horsham: Zawadski, Marriott, Hamilton, King, Charman, Napper, Morley, Nwachukwu, Pacheco (Harris 75), Robinson, Cade.