SLIDESHOW: St Francis smashed for six by unstoppable Horsham seconds

After the first team’s incredible victory over the otherwise unbeaten Horsham 2s in the first half of the season, they suffered defeat this time round.

After soaking up early pressure, a quick goal from a short corner was turned in by Richard Ward. St Francis knew it wouldn’t be easy, but were hopeful.

St Francis I (green shirt) v Horsham II. Pic Steve Robards SUS-140303-104436001

St Francis I (green shirt) v Horsham II. Pic Steve Robards SUS-140303-104436001

From a Chris Batch shirt corner. Horsham were rattled, but a lucky goal followed quickly by an even luckier own goal saw them take the lead. They added another before half time to leave the score at 3-1. A quick second half goal from nowhere didn’t make St Francis lose their heads, but despite long periods of pressure from the greens and several chances nothing would go in and Horsham got another. A final goal just before the whistle left the score at 6-1. For the keeper, Matt Upchurch, to get man of the match in a 6-1 loss shows how no one felt the score line was deserved, but ultimately St Francis lost to a well organised Horsham Second team.

Photographer Steve Robards caught the action