IT was a happy start to the year for Horsham as a 94th minute goal by Kery Kedze earned them a surprise 1-1 draw at fourth placed Lewes on Bank Holiday Monday.
The second half and the closing stages saw the home side put the visitors under severe pressure with a series of chances.
However Kedze grabbed Hornets a well deserved point when he fired in their equaliser off the last kick of the game.
Ecstatic manager Hugo Langton praised his team for their persistence. He said: “I thought we were the better team in the first half and they were the better team in the second half. In the last 20 minutes they were all over us.
“After our poor display against Leatherhead, defensively we were outstanding. We took it on, looked it in the eye and defended brilliantly.
“They deserve all the credit because they kept going and going. We saw Sunderland and Blackburn beat Manchester City and Utd and I thought why can’t we do that?
“Going forward we’ve got a lot better and we’ve got players capable of conjuring up a bit of magic. George Landais was brilliant causing them problems with the sheer work-rate.”
Langton voiced his anger at the League for not allowing him to play a new signing, former Gillingham and Farnborough striker/winger Tommy Murphy, who had already made his debut on Saturday, because of paperwork problems.
He raged: “I’m angry with the Ryman League. I had a phone call 45 minutes before kick-off saying he couldn’t play because the hard copy of his registration has been delayed in the post. His face fell when I told him and I think it’s pathetic. it’s part-time football and who do they think they are playing God? If he’d have played against his former club you can’t help thinking we’d have got something more today.”