Horsham remain in the FA Cup - but only by the skin of their teeth - after a late penalty against Raynes Park Vale earned them a Tuesday night replay.
Simon Colbran’s Hornets looked set to bow out of the famous competition with the Combined Counties side leading 2-1 late in the game, but substitute Kery Kedze’s penetrating run saw him fouled in the box and Tony Nwachukwu buried the penalty to make it 2-2 with three minutes of normal time left to play.
In a disjoined display from the hosts only a brilliant Gary Charman solo goal stood out as a major highlight after Raynes Park had taken an early lead, and in a poor second half the South West Londoners again scored on the break and looked like holding on for a shock win before Horsham found a late leveller.
A relieved Hornets manager Colbran admitted the fact that his side were still in the cup was the only saving grace from another disappointing display. “That’s probably the only positive thing I can say today isn’t it,” he said.
“It’s the story we’ve been saying the last few games but we’re still in it, that’s the main thing.
“We’ve given ourselves a chance when there was times there we though it looked like we were out of it. But we’ve got back into it, given ourselves a chance and now we can go out on Tuesday and try and do something about it.
“There was too many players who didn’t do it today, we’ve just talked about it in the changing room.
“With the exception of about three or four, the players thought they’d won that game before they’d even do anything about it and that’s just not good enough and I’ve told them they need to go away and look at themselves.
“Come Tuesday, if they don’t improve and sort things out we will make changes.”
Horsham’s scheduled league game at Whitstable Town on Bank Holiday Monday will be rearranged with Colbran’s men taking on Raynes Park Vale away on Tuesday, 7.45pm kick off.