Charman embarrassed by lacklustre showing at Redhill

Horsham's Jamie Cade in action against Merstham
Horsham's Jamie Cade in action against Merstham

A lacklustre Horsham display saw them sunk 2-0 at Redhill last night to leave them languishing in the Ryman League South Division relegation places.

A goal early in each half saw the hosts run out comfortable winners with the Hornets well off the pace throughout the 90 minutes.

It leaves Gary Charman’s side second from bottom in the league with just one win and five points from their eight games.

The player-manager admitted he was embarrassed by his side’s showing and said: ““It was the worst we have played, we were very, very poor. In the first game of the season we were not at our best, although the sending-off killed us, but since then we have played quite well and not got what we deserved.

“But last night, we got exactly what we deserved. Apart from a couple of players who did themselves proud, we were very, very poor. Apart from that eight or nine let themselves and the club down.

“I feel sorry for the supporters who travelled down to watch that performance and drivel. I was embarrassed and the players were all embarrassed.

“We started with a different formation of 4-5-1, but changed it after about 30 minutes as it wasn’t working, although we went back to 4-4-2 and that didn’t work much better for us either.”

Horsham had started well enough, with Tony Nwachukwu collecting Lewis Hamilton’s chipped pass and sending in a driven cross that Hunter did well to palm away, but Glen Woodburn gave notice of things to come with a weak header that fell short of Gareth Williams who had to bravely throw himself in the way to block as Gavin Gordon stole in to shoot.

Former Horsham stopper Michael Hunter made a good save from Tony Nwachukwu before the hosts took the lead on 11 minutes.

Gavin Gordon sprung the offside trap with the Horsham back four caught looking for a flag and fired home inside the post.

Tyrone Pink had a couple of opportunities to extend the host’s lead after good work from Chris O’Flaherty, but hit both off target.

Redhill doubled their lead within four minutes of the second half as Lewis Hamilton to failed to deal with a simple ball into the box, and Joe Bingham netted at the second attempt past Gareth Williams.

Hunter pushed away a powerful Nwachukwu header from a corner, before at the other end Bingham and Gordon hit either post and the crossbar saved further Horsham blushes from Sam Butler’s shot late one.

Horsham: Williams, Hamilton, Woodburn, Gilbert, King, Morley, Napper, Tarbie (Miller 28, Bingham 75), Ampleford (Smith 58), Nwachukwu, Cade. Unused subs: Hills, Charman.