A cagey start by both sides saw very little activity at
either end in the opening exchanges of this Arun &
Chichester League clash. The game then started to open
up and, after seven minutes, some neat interplay between
Will Kerr and Andrew Roberts in the middle of the pitch
saw the visitors' defence carved open and the move
finished off with a right foot shot from Roberts, low
into the bottom left corner.
It took a further ten minutes before Horsham added to
their lead, Callum Nash capitalising on a poor back pass
before rounding the 'keeper and slotting home for 2-0.
East Preston were always dangerous on the break but some
strong defending from Alex Moore and Jordan Walser kept
any threats at bay. It was then 3-0 after twenty seven
minutes as a forward run from the constantly over
lapping Glenn Johnson found Rueben Selby in space and
his precise cross enabled debutant Harry Lee to side
foot home his first goal for the club.
Further chances were created, the best coming from
Selby, who, after a flowing move, saw his lobbed effort
beat both the Preston 'keeper and the crossbar. Some
nice football led to Horsham's fourth goal when Kerr
burst into the box and provided an inch perfect pass for
Lee to tap in his second of the game. And it was 5-0 on
the stroke of half time when the pace of Selby down the
left again caused havoc in the visitors defence and his
cross was poked home by Nash, sliding in at the far
H/T Horsham 5 East Preston 0
The second half saw the Young Hornets continue to play
some good football and keep possession of the ball very
easily. The East Preston 'keeper did well to keep out
shots from Kerr, Lee and Norris, also holding onto some
good crosses from another debutant Oliver East. But the
hosts were too strong, and they finally added to their
lead when a through ball from East was latched onto by
Nash and, despite another block from the 'keeper, Kerr
was on hand to chip the loose ball into the empty net.
To their credit, East Preston continued to battle and
make Horsham work hard for every opportunity but their
resistance was broken again fifteen minutes from time
when a great run from Roberts saw him beat two defenders
before having his shot well saved. Lee was on hand with
the follow up, but his shot was cleared off the line,
only to strike the goalkeeper and rebound into the net.
Further chances were created but Horsham failed to
increase their goal tally.