Horsham were put under immediate pressure from the
kick-off and then had to call upon ‘keeper, Joe Moss, in
the third minute who dived and caught the ball well from
a Brighton strike just inside the penalty area. Brighton
then came close following a long throw-in which landed
inside the six yard box but their hooked shot was just
wide of the top corner. Horsham broke back, earning a
corner which was swung in by Finn Bigg, Dan Cusdin rose
to meet it but his header met the foot of the post. Hugo
Cowan picked up the rebound but his shot pulled out a
point blank range save from the Brighton ‘keeper who
parried and Liam Clarke blazed it wide.
Brighton took the lead on eight minutes with a break
down the right and a clean shot after cutting inside.
They continued to pressure the Horsham defence with the
long ball over the top and the lads had to be organised
to keep the lid on things. They could only do so for
another ten minutes before Brighton scored again; this
time from a corner which was taken short and a pretty
much unstoppable scissor kick at the near post put
Brighton two up.
Horsham replied with Cowan putting the ball in the net
with a volley on the turn after a chip over the top from
Bigg but Cowan was ruled offside. Brighton soaked up the
Horsham pressure, remaining strong at the back with some
good tackling, especially on one occasion when their
‘keeper came a long way off his line to collect to the
side but missed. The lads pushed hard with a good attack
down the left with Nick Bristow cutting it back to
Clarke whose driving run took him into the box and he
crossed to Ali Kerr but his shot was just scrambled
clear by the flailing hand of the Brighton ‘keeper.
The post again came to Brighton’s aid with a shot from
Bristow after some lovely flicked passes and back heels.
Brighton sat off with their midfield helping their
defence but were quite deep, encouraging Horsham to push
forward but the first half ended with the hosts two to
H/T AFC Brighton & Hove 2 Horsham 0
Horsham began positively for the second half as Brighton
again sat back with some legs looking like they were
suffering after the exertions of the first half.
Brighton were encouraged to look lively but a great
strike from substitute Charlie Belton, not long after
taking the field, brought Horsham hope in the 48th
minute. Bristow breaking through on the right and
cutting the ball back to Belton who shot high and into
the far corner.
The game was opening up slightly but Horsham were
managing to restrict Brighton to only the odd break and
kept the play mainly in the Brighton half. Cowan and
Kerr were battling in the midfield against some strong
Brighton players and Clarke was dropping back to help.
Bigg was having some success down the left and with 9
minutes left he put the ball past the defender, through
his legs, but his shot was cleared off the line.
Brighton came back, breaking down the right all the way
into the box but Tom Summerfield put in a great sliding
tackle, which was acknowledged by the Brighton coaches,
to keep Horsham in it. Try as they might, Horsham
couldn’t break through again and were punished by their
slow start for the second week running to go out of the