Luchford praises better performance

HORSHAM manager Justin Luchford was relieved his side gave a much improved display to earn their first home point of the season with a 2-2 draw against Met Police.

They looked favourites to register their first home victory in the league as they stormed to an early 2-0 lead in just 17 minutes through two well-taken goals by Craig Davies and Williams Pearoux.

Their lead was still intact at the break and they could have easily been leading 3-0 had not a goal by Justin’s brother Dane been controversially ruled offside.

The visitors fought back in the second half through a 57th minute goal by Staforde Palmer following a mistake by Kane Rice and then Orlando Jeffery headed home an equaliser with 15 minutes to go.

Luchford said: “We’d been on a run of getting beaten every week and we have to take the positives today. We’ve outplayed them for 45 minutes and forced them to change the way they were playing.

“They’re in a comfortable position in a good catchment area for players and we’ve got a few players missing.

“We didn’t fold after they scored and Ken Westoby made some good saves in goal.”

Luchford, like many spectators, did not agree with the referee’s ruling that Dane Luchford’s goal was offside.

He said: “I’m not sure it was offside at the end but we have to keep going.

“This gives us something to build on - it’s about nicking and grabbing points.”

Luchford added he hopes to stengthen his squad this week with the signing of a new Polish goalkeeper and an Irish left back/midfielder. He is currently awaiting international clearance for both players.