Horsham came through a hard fought battle to earn
themselves a place in the League Cup semi-final for the
second year running with Harry Lee’s free-kick, worthy
of winning any game, was the difference between the two
The game got off to a fairly even start with neither
side creating a great deal of opportunities. However, it
burst into life on fifteen minutes when an Andrew
Roberts free-kick came back off the crossbar and Will
Kerr was on hand to nod the ball home when challenging
the goalkeeper. This seemed to inspire the young Hornets
as they upped their game and started to dominate
possession. Good runs down the left, first from Rueben
Selby and then Roberts, caused havoc in the opposition
box but there was no one on hand to apply that killer
touch and the opportunities were squandered.
Some good goalkeeping prevented Callum Nash from
extending the lead when the Summerley stopper was quick
off his line to block after Kerr’s through ball had
released Nash. The half finished in controversial style
as Horsham were first awarded a penalty after Roberts
was adjudged to have been fouled by two Rangers
defenders, whose hotly disputed arguments saw one of
their players go into the referee’s notebook. Unfazed by
the delay, Roberts coolly slotted home the penalty,
sending the ‘keeper the wrong way.
Five minutes later, right on the stroke of half time,
Summerley got themselves back into the game when they
were awarded a disputed free-kick on the halfway line.
And from the kick, the Horsham defence failed to clear
and the Rangers striker rifled home a right foot shot
from the edge of the area, giving home stopper Tom
Auston no chance.
H/T Horsham 2 Summerley Park Rangers 1
The second half started as lively as the first had
finished, with the visitors getting the equaliser within
two minutes. A free-kick awarded down the Summerley left
was whipped in with pace, which seemed to deceive Auston
and end up in the back of the net. The next fifteen
minutes offered very little by way of chances, as both
teams seemed to cancel each other out.
Midway through the second half, a lovely back heel from
Kerr set up Roberts but his shot went just over. A
couple of goalmouth scrambles amounted to nothing as the
Young Hornets pushed for the winner. Roberts again went
close after some good work from Nash, but his left foot
shot went agonisingly wide of the upright. Then, on
seventy one minutes, Kerr was tripped a full 30 yards
outside the box, just to the left of the area and up
stepped Lee to curl a delicious right footed shot into
the top left hand corner of the net.
Despite late pressure from the visitors, the Horsham
defence stood firm and held on to book their place in
the semi-final for the second year running.