Maggs happy with a point

HORSHAM recorded their third draw in a row in the league with a goalless encounter with AFC Hornchurch at Gorings Mead on Saturday.

Boss John Maggs admitted it was a “dour” match for both sets of supporters but with Maidstone the only of the relegation rivals to make up any ground on his side he was satisfied with what could turn out to be another important point.

Maggs said: “I’ll take that today all day long, I thought the first 45 minutes we had to defend the entire time and we needed to be workmanlike in the second half which we were to be fair.

“We had a better second half, but when you look at it neither goalkeeper has made a decent save, they’ve had to catch the ball but no one’s gone flying across the goal, it was that sort of game.”

In truth neither side looked like scoring over the entire 90 minutes although the Urchins did have two penalty appeals waved away in the second half, and Maggs admitted the luck was perhaps with his side.

He said: “One goal would have settled it at either stage, they’ve had a couple of shouts for penalties in the second half.

“I thought it went for us today, one out of two they might have got right but I’ve got to take the result all day long.

“I don’t think we deserved to win the game but on the plus side, when people said last week we’re not putting the effort in is rubbish. I think the lads proved today they’re fighting for the cause, they’re a difficult side to overcome, Hornchurch, and at the end of the day I will take a point.”

Maidstone were the only side in the bottom six to record a win on Saturday, their 4-3 win at Tooting & Mitcham came thanks to two 90th minute goals. Still The Hornets have a seven point cushion above the bottom four and Maggs now believes five points from their remaining five games will be enough to see them safe.