By Graham Carter
Joe Keehan scored a brace to help Burgess Hill Town to a 7-0 demolition of Sussex neighbours Horsham.
Hillians collected their fourth successive victory thanks to goals by Keehan (2), Lee Harding, Dan Perry, Rob O’Toole, Callum Saunders and Greg Luer.
The thrashing was made all the worse by the sending-off in the 65th minute of Samir Hadi for his second yellow card when the score was 4-0.
The result lifted Ian Chapman’s team up to second place in the Ryman South and pushed Gary Charman’s Horsham to the bottom of the table.
Chelsea’s shock defeat at Newcastle in the Premier League today meant Hill are the only team from the top eight tiers of English football still unbeaten in their respective league.
The threat of relegation to the Sussex County League hovers over Horsham after their heaviest defeat of the season.
Hornets have now conceded 20 goals in their last four matches.
Hill made just one change to the side which beat Ramsgate 2-1 away on Tuesday with Premier League-bound Greg Luer returning to the side in place of Spencer Slaughter who was on the bench.
Horsham made three changes to the line-up which lost 2-1 in the bottom of the table clash with Walton Casuals as Charman had to stay in the dug-out due to a hamstring injury, Ryan Marriott was unavailable and Ade Akande was on the bench. Jamie Ampleford and Harry Smith came in upfront while Lewis Hamilton played in central defence.
Burgess Hill: James, Watts, Pointing (Fisk 67), Budd, Pearson, Miles, L.Harding, Keehan (Martin 67), Perry (Saunders 63), Luer, O’Toole
Unused subs; P.Harding, Slaughter
Hornets: G.Williams, Tarbie, BJ King, Hadi, Gilbert (Hills 67), Hamilton, Miller, Morley, Ampleford, Nwachukwu, Smith (T.Williams 46).
Unused subs: Akande, Varley, Bidgood