Horsham’s return to action ended in disappointment as Herne Bay took the points to complete the double over Simon Colbran’s side.
Byron Walker’s first half strike was the difference between the sides, as Horsham were guilty of spurning a host of chances without really testing visiting goalkeeper Rob French.
A host of volunteers were needed to ready the Gorings Mead pitch prior to kick off following the recent snow and rain and there were clear openings for both sides inside five minutes.
Rhys Lawson was sent in behind the Horsham defence within the first minute but as he dallied defender Glen Woodburn got back to make a crucial intervention.
Then at the other end visiting defender Tom Bryant inexplicably gave the ball straight to Scott Tipper, but with only French to beat the striker missed the target.
Herne Bay’s goal came after 16 minutes, Walker sent through and as the Hornets defence appealed for offside the striker slotted past Michael Hunter.
Tipper then nodded a corner over before Matt Simpson struck the inside of the post, and with the last chance of the half Tipper volleyed just over the crossbar.
On an increasingly heavy pitch Horsham enjoyed the majority of second half possession, but again good team moves were undermined by some poor finishing.
Eddie Koboah slammed a shot into the side netting, Gary Charman saw a header tipped over and, five minutes from the end Simpson nodded the best chance over the crossbar.
Hornets stopper Hunter made a couple of late saves as Herne Bay, whose assistant boss is former Hornets manager Hugo Langton, claimed a narrow win to add to their 2-1 win in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
The result means Horsham have gone five league games without a win.
Horsham (4-4-2): Hunter; Brockhurst, King, Simpson, Woodburn; Marriott (Ampleford 82), Koboah, Harris, Farmer; Charman, Tipper (Scott 80).