A six-minute hat-trick from Callum Nash inside the first
twenty minutes set Horsham on their way to a comfortable
league win over bottom side Felpham Colts.
The young Hornets started brightly, dominating
possession from the start, and they could have taken the
lead as early as the fifth minute when a good run and
cross from Oliver East was turned in by Nash but his
effort was ruled out for offside. East then went close
himself, hitting the post with a header from an Andrew
But the deadlock was broken after fourteen minutes when
Roberts fed Jack Norris down the right and his cross
found the unmarked Nash who side footed home from five
yards. Three goals then followed within the space of
four first half minutes, Roberts and Harry Lee combining
to send Will Kerr clear and he finished with a low right
foot shot. Nash then netted twice in as many minutes,
first sent clear by Lee to easily beat the onrushing
‘keeper before getting on the end of another fine run
and cross from East.
More pressure from the visitors followed, Lee curling a
free kick just over before he finally got his reward
midway through the first half when he turned neatly on
the edge of the area and struck his effort low into the
corner. He could have had his second and Horsham’s
sixth, five minutes later, but he shot over when well
placed in the penalty area.
Felpham did create the odd chance on the break, a
dipping shot from their midfielder that went just over
the 'bar and a free-kick that went just wide. But the
half finished on a high for the Hornets as Kerr and
Norris combined well down the right, with the latter’s
shot pushed onto the post and Lee on hand to tap in the
rebound for 6-0. Roberts was unlucky not to extend the
lead even further when his shot came back off the post,
hit the goalkeeper and then appeared to go over the
line, although the referee ruled otherwise.
H/T Felpham Colts 0 Horsham 6
The second half started in similar vein, with the young
Hornets enjoying a lot of possession, Joe Petchey going
close when his header was well saved by the home
‘keeper. Petchey then turned provider, as his corner
failed to be cleared by Colts, and Jordan Walser hooked
a right foot shot against the crossbar.
Norris again assisted a good cross from the right,
minutes later, but Nash and Adam Ruz just failed to
apply the required touch. It was against the run of play
but Felpham finally achieved a fully deserved reward for
their hard work and 'never give up' attitude. A break
down the Horsham left was only half cleared and the
resulting cross from the right was side footed home by
the Colts striker.
This, however, only seemed to spur Horsham into further
action as they responded with three goals in as many
minutes. A long throw from Walser was met by Kerr, whose
header found the bottom left hand corner of the net.
Ross Williams then rifled home a shot from twelve yards,
after good work from Nash, before Roberts finally got on
the score sheet after a great run and strike.
With just under twenty minutes to play, Horsham had
further opportunities to add to their lead. Petchey had
two further headed attempts saved by the home stopper
and Glenn Johnson ballooning a shot well over when well
placed in the penalty area. But the best strike of the
game came with three minutes left on the clock, when
another Horsham attack was cleared and the ball fell
nicely to Lee whose 35 yard rocket gave the ‘keeper no
chance, flying in off the left hand upright.