A MUCH improved Horsham display could not prevent them from going down 27-10 to table-toppers Charlton Park at Coolhurst.
Park took a controversial early lead when Horsham, having just come close to scoring the first try themselves, were turned over at the breakdown by a visiting player who looked offside, broke upfield and scored the opening try.
Park added another within a matter of minutes to lead 12-0 but Horsham again came agonisingly close to breaching the opposition defence following some sustained pressure which lead to a Matt Brown penalty.
Horsham then had Adam Harman sin-binned but despite the numerical disadvantage some brilliant backs to the wall defence on their own try line kept the visitors out until half-time.
It was more of the same at the start of the second-half from Horsham until a patient Charlton Park found a way through on the right to gain some breathing space.
Horsham, though never gave in and when Park had a man yellow carded Horsham again looked positive. Harman caught Brown’s deft kick but was bundled into the flag as he touched the ball down, and after Park had added a fourth try Horsham did get the try their determination deserved when Arun Thompson offloaded to Neal Holden for the prop to crash down under the posts.
Brown added the extras and even though Park had the final say with a fifth try late on it was better stuff from the struggling Green and Whites, though this defeat was their eighth on the trot in the league.