Di Paola salutes ‘great win’ and praises Horsham players’ character

Football - Ryman League South Division: Horsham v Faversham. Goal for Horsham about 4.14pm Pic Steve Robards  SR1633402 SUS-160711-120036001
Football - Ryman League South Division: Horsham v Faversham. Goal for Horsham about 4.14pm Pic Steve Robards SR1633402 SUS-160711-120036001

Horsham boss Dominic Di Paola saluted a ‘great win’ and praised his players’ character as they secured their sixth Ryman League South Division victory of the season.

The promoted side remain 15th in the table with their dramatic 4-3 victory over Faversham Town at Gorings Mead on Saturday.

They narrowed the gap to a place and a point on their visitors and also distanced themselves further from the relegation places.

Di Paola said: “I thought we deserved to win, I really did. I thought first half we were unlucky to go in 1-0 down and then second half, for half an hour we were excellent and they barely had a chance.

“We let in a couple of rubbish goals which is the story of our season, but fair play for the character there.

“The last eight we have played well in seven of them. We have had a couple of draws and losses and whatnot, but we have and are playing ok. It’s just hard with the constant changing around of the squad.

“We are finding it a bit tough with numbers, but it is a great win and a couple of teams below us won as well so we had to get a result and that pulls us further away from the bottom three of four which we want.”

It was a thrilling encounter as Town fought back from 3-1 down to be level with minutes remaining, before visiting stopper Ben Bridle-Card handled outside the box.

That was missed by the officials as was a stonewall penalty in the first half, but George Branford popped up with a 90th-minute winner.

Di Paola added: “The referee nearly killed us. He said he saw that he handled it, but thought it was inside the box and the linesman said he was it was out of the box, but didn’t know he handled it. They just need to talk to each other.

“He was clear through on goal and they should have been down to ten men, it’s just shocking. And we should have had a penalty. That was the most obviously penalty going.”

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