HORSHAM manager Simon Colbran reckoned his side’s superior fitness made the difference but also praised their opponents as Hornets reached the semi-final of the Brighton Charity Cup with a thrilling 6-3 victory at East Preston.
In a rip-roaring game Horsham twice came back from behind as their County League Division 2 hosts proved to be a formidable side.
The relegated Ryman Premier League club finally clinched the tie with three goals in the last 10 minutes as Ray Freeman, Tony Nwachukwu and assistant manager Wayne Clarke all scored braces.
Colbran said: “East Preston were a very good side and you can see why they have lost only one game all season.
“I think next year when they go up they go into Division 1 they’ll do well as well. They played some really good football and played it the right way. I was really impressed with them and we had to dig deep. We did and we showed we can do it.
“In the end our fitness might have told and we looked a bit sharper in the last 15 or 20 minutes, which was good.
“They equalised immediately after we went 3-2 up so we realised we couldn’t sit back at 4-3 as they would be coming at us again so we needed to finish it off.”
Match report and more reaction in tomorrow’s County Times