A first half hat-trick from Andrew Roberts helped
Horsham ease their way comfortably into round three of
the County Cup, running out 12-1 winners against
The scoring started as early as the second minute when a
cross-come-shot from Roberts drifted over the
outstretched hand of the unfortunate Polegate ‘keeper
and nestled into the bottom corner. Harry Lee then shot
wide when well placed after some good work from Will
Kerr. The lead was doubled on eight minutes when Roberts
was again on target, this time curling a left footed
corner straight in. Further chances were created when
Rueben Selby first did well down the right before
flashing a great cross along the six yard box, and then
when Oliver East did the same down the left flank, but
no-one was on hand to apply the finishing touch.
Roberts then completed his hat-trick after twenty
minutes when he was left unmarked on the penalty spot
and easily slotted home, low to the ‘keeper’s left. The
game as a contest was then pretty much over after twenty
four minutes, when another through ball from Kerr was
latched onto by Harry Lee and he calmly side footed past
the onrushing Polegate stopper. To their credit, the
Grasshoppers never gave up and had their first attempt
on goal after half an hour when their striker hit a shot
from the edge of the area that flew just wide.
Three further goals before the interval then followed.
The first came after another cross from Selby down the
right, Callum Nash this time on hand to tuck the ball
away, before East tapped in after a corner from Nash was
half cleared and the return back into the box from
Roberts was flicked on by Lee to leave him the easiest
of opportunities. The last action of the half was a
free-kick from Roberts which fell nicely for Jordan
Walser on the edge of the area, and he fired home into
the bottom right hand corner.
H/T: Horsham 7 Polegate Grasshoppers 0
The Young Hornets got off to a flyer in the second half
when some good work from Lee down the left found the
unmarked Jared Ashmole, who side footed home with ease.
Ross Williams then made it nine as he latched onto a
ball over the top from Lee, finishing low to the
Grasshoppers then had a spell of pressure, forcing two
corners and a good save from Tom Auston low down to his
left. But the score line inevitably hit double figures
for the third time in all competitions this season when
Lee curled a twenty-five yard free kick into the top
left hand corner.
The striker was then denied a third when a good turn and
shot was tipped over by the ‘keeper, before Williams
grabbed his second of the game following some good work
from Nash, which left him the easiest task of tapping in
from close range.
And it was the perfect dozen with three minutes left on
the clock as Glenn Johnson latched onto a poor clearance
before converting at the second attempt. There was still
time for the visitors to get a well deserved consolation
for their battling, a cross from the left being
converted at the far post by an on rushing Polegate