Men made to work hard to maintain their perfect start

Freddie Campbell scored Horsham's third from a short corner on Saturday
Freddie Campbell scored Horsham's third from a short corner on Saturday

There may not have been quite the glut of goals of the last couple of weeks, but the result was the same as Horsham men’s firsts maintained their perfect start to the season.

Goals from John Burroughs, Dominic Male and Freddie Campbell handed hosts Horsham a 3-0 victory over Kings and Alleyns at Broadbridge Heath to make it five wins from five league games.

Skipper Duncan Howarth said: “Yes (it was) nice to maintain the 100 per cent record, and also to get a third clean sheet in five games, but it wasn’t an easy game.”

Following a growing injury list that now includes key players Mark Ansell, Ian Brown and Tom Anguige, Andy Crake was called up from the seconds to help bolster the defence.

Still Horsham only had 12 fit players, so it was a tough ask to maintain performance levels of prior weeks from the off.

In wet, windy and cold conditions Kings & Alleyns started the game well, knocking the ball around the back and up the wings with good pace. Horsham remained disciplined in their structure however and didn’t allow any clear cut chances on goal.

As with previous games, Horsham turned the screw midway through the half and scored two quick goals through Burroughs and Male.

Despite the lead, a half time talk from player/coach Male made it clear he expected more, and the players responded with a well-worked short corner scored by Campbell. The remainder of the half became a scrappy affair with Kings and Alleyns reduced to nine men following two yellow cards, but Horsham were unable to convert chances they created.

Howarth added: “All in all, another three points, but we left some goals out on the pitch, hopefully not something we will come to regret.”