SIMON Colbran was full of praise for Wayne Clarke after he inspired Horsham to a Brighton Charity Cup final place by seeing off Crowborough last night (Tuesday).
Both Colbran and Clarke, as former Crows manager and player, enjoyed a happy return to Alderbrook Rec, Clarke scoring the second in a 2-0 win after Ray Freeman had given the Hornets an early lead.
“Wayne’s a quality player he really is and I think he had something to prove as well coming back here,” Colbran said of his assistant manager, who played just off front man Dan Morris.
“He’s brilliant and it was a great finish as well, there’s no one who wants it more than he does so I’m really pleased for him.
Visitors Horsham dominated from start to finish, carving a number of great chances to run out more comfortable winners, Clarke himself twice being denied by the woodwork.
Horsham had to play for most of the second half with ten men after goal-scorer Freeman petulantly lashed out on Jon Hampson after the full-back had fouled him.
“There’s no excuses there, it was a red card and there’s nothing else to say. You just can’t do that and it’s a bit of a shame because we were dominant and I thought we may have gone on and won by more,” Colbran said.
“But the experience counted in the end, we just needed to get through to the final and that’s what we’ve done.”
And the dismissal did not ruin an accomplished performance for the Horsham boss, as he added: “I thought it was a really professional performance for 90 minutes, we stuck to our shape, kept doing the right things. The first 15 minutes we wasn’t tight enough, but once we got tighter and worked that little bit harder there was only one winner.”
It means Horsham, relegated from the Ryman Premier will have the chance to end a miserable season on a high with some silverware. They face either Worthing or Ringmer in the Brighton Charity Cup final.