JOHN Maggs’ Horsham booked a quarter-final meeting with Burgess Hill in the Sussex Senior Cup after a 4-2 win at Hassocks last night but the victory looks to have come at a price with some fresh injuries.
The Hornets lost Billy Dunn with just eight minutes of the tie gone to a pulled hamstring and then left back Mark Knee, who had earlier run off a knee injury had to be withdrawn after the hour after feeling a pull in his leg.
Gary Charman also had to withdraw from last night’s squad after coming down with a virus and although Maggs expects the midfielder to be fit for Saturday’s trip to Aveley along with Dunn he admitts Knee is a “doubt”.
Last night’s (Tuesday) tie at the Beacon saw Horsham storm into an early 2-0 lead with goals from Frankie Raymond, his first for the club, and a rocket of a volley from skipper Ben Andrews.
Elliott Butler pegged one back for Robins soon after and a Spencer Slaughter effort rattled the bar as the hosts enjoyed their best spell before half-time.
On 75 minutes Hassocks’ sub Dan Shergold failed to convert a one-on-one and the same player then gave away a penalty which Anthony Storey converted.
Slaughter again pulled Robins back into it to make it 3-2 but a second penalty, this time converted by Pat Harding secured Horsham’s safe passage and a meeting with Burgess Hill in the next round.
Maggs said: “It was a bit of a mixed performance, we were always comfortably on top after racing into a 2-0 lead and I don’t think there was any doubt about the result but we were a little bit sluggish to let them back into the game before half-time.
“For clubs in Sussex this is a big competition and as I have done so far I will continue to put out the strongest side I can, reaching the final would really give the fans something to cheer about.”
The positive news on the injury front for Maggs was the return of Jack Page who played half the game last night following a lengthy lay-off. Maggs expects Saturday’s game to come too soon for the full-back but Paul Kennett is back from a three game suspension. Michael Hector - who had to have three stiches in his foot following an injury against Sutton - and Jamie Cade, who also picked up a slight knock on Saturday, should also be ok for the weekend.