SIMON Colbran could hardly contain his delight after ending Horsham’s 28-game winless league run in his first game in charge.
Saturday’s 2-0 win over Tooting & Mitcham was also The Hornets first home win all season in the Ryman League and only a second clean sheet all campaign.
Tony Nwachukwu latched on to a fine Williams Peauroux through ball to put Horsham ahead in the first half.
The hosts were the better side throughout, but only sealed the win in the 94th minute when Kery Kedze set up Ray Freeman to send the long-suffering home supporters into delirium.
The players were cheered off the pitch at full time and there was a party atmosphere inside Gorings Mead after finally tasting victory at home at the 16th attempt.
And afterwards Colbran – who only took over from sacked former manager Hugo Langton three days before – was clearly delighted with his dream start.
“I couldn’t ask for anything else, it’s absolutely fantastic,” he said. “I’m lost for words and can’t be any more happier.
“The training session on Thursday, I said all we’re asking for is 100 per cent commitment and that bit of passion and desire.
“That’s all that was maybe missing, because a lot of games were 2-1, 1-1, 1-0, so it’s just that little bit extra.
“They were superb (at training), and I said if you take that out on Saturday and do the same as what you did at that training session you’ll go and get your first three points.”
Particularly striking was Horsham’s much-improved defence, with all the back four impressing and preventing an albeit poor Tooting attack from creating any real chances.
“They were absolutely brilliant,” Colbran said of his defence. “I’m not going to start picking names out because every single one of them was absolutely brilliant.”
And dedicating the three points to the Hornets supporters he said: “I’ve said this before about the Horsham supporters, they’re your extra man.
“When I was in the changing room I said listen, the supporters out there who come here week in week out whatever the result, they’re behind you, and you can make their day.
“Do something special for them and that’s just what they did.”
Colbran will be hoping to repeat the feat when Aveley are the visitors to Gorings Mead on Tuesday night.