Rams raid Horsham home record as clup captain Varley quits

Skipper Ian Varley quit the club last night
Skipper Ian Varley quit the club last night

An uninspiring team performance saw Horsham suffer their first home defeat in the league as they went down 2-0 to Ramsgate at Gorings Mead last night (Tuesday).

Goals in each half from James Sherman and Dean Hill gave the visiting Rams a deserved three points to move them up five places in the table to 14th,

In contrast defeat for Horsham, their third on the trot keeps them down in 20th in Ryman South and on the same points as bottom two Three Bridges and Walton Casuals, though boss Simon Colbran vowed he would turn things around.

“We’ve just sat in there (the dressing room) for 15, 20 minutes (after the game), and they all care, they’re absolutely gutted in there, completely gutted,” Colbran said.

“Emotions are flying, not in a bad way but in a good way and we know we’ve got to put it right. That’s what we’ll look to do, and that’s what they all want to do as well.

“We’re definitely not throwing in the towel, it’s the opposite, they want to do something about it and I’m gonna back them all the way because they care, and that’s what we’re looking for.”

Sherman netted the opener on 37 minutes from close range from the lively Ian Pulman’s low cross and Hill fired in the second from inside the box on 69 minutes.

Ramsgate would have had more had it not been for a string of fine saves again from keeper Michael Hunter, and although Evan Archibald had a couple of good chances for the hosts, they could have no complaints at the final score.

One positive was the return of Scott Harris after five weeks out injured, the midfielder lasting an hour before being replaced, while defender Glen Woodburn made his debut.

And the arrival of Woodburn looks timely after club captain Ian Varley last night quit the club.

The centre back travelled to last night’s game where he indicated to Colbran his desire to play his football elsewhere.

For reaction to Varley’s surprise departure see tomorrow’s West Sussex County Times.