Simon Colbran says Tuesday night’s narrow Sussex Senior Cup exit at Eastbourne Borough felt like a victory, such was the impressive manner of his Horsham’s side’s performance.
In a game where clear-cut chances were at a premium, Eastbourne’s Grendan international Elliott Charles scored the only goal of the game in the first half to send them through to Round Three.
But far from coming away from the game downbeat, Hornets boss Colbran said: “I think they probably did edge it and deserved to go through but from my point of view I think they were the better side in the first half and we were the better team second half.
“They maybe had that little bit extra as you’d expect from a team two leagues higher, but I’m not taking anything away from my side who I thought were excellent. We had four players start who were on the bench Saturday while they had their strongest team out, and it just shows how strong the squad is now.
“I’m not looking at it as a defeat because our commitment was excellent and if we had been playing a side in our own division I think we’d have won comfortably. I asked my players to go out, enjoy themselves and play their football and that’s just what they did, it was a great performance.”
It bodes well ahead of Horsham’s trip to Walton & Hersham this Saturday, where Colbran’s side will be aiming for back to back away victories having picked up their first three points on their travels for more than a year last weekend.