Crawley Down Gatwick 0 Horsham 2: Agony goes on for Francis Vines’ side

Crawley Down Gatwick V Redhill 30-11-13 (Pic by Jon Rigby) ENGPPP00420130312091338
Crawley Down Gatwick V Redhill 30-11-13 (Pic by Jon Rigby) ENGPPP00420130312091338

Crawley Down Gatwick lost their local derby 2-0 against near neighbours Horsham.

Manager Francis Vines is still looking for his first win since taking charge on New Year’s Day, while the team has not won since November.

Horsham took the lead in the 11th minute when a corner from Billy Joe King found Gary Charman in space to nod home the opener.

Down took time to settle and could not produce a shot on target in the first half.

Rishi Nankani, Allan Tait and Steve Sargent’s all had chances but could force the keeper to make a save.

Ten minutes before half-time Horsham hit the woodwork when Billy Joe King’s corner struck the near post. The visitors were now well on top with Gary Charman and the industrious former Anvil Ross Morley running midfield.

Down went close when a back pass to visiting keeper Mark Zawadski was mishit and after a scramble for the ball rolled inches wide of the post.

In the second half and kicking downhill, Horsham’s Jamie Cade drove just wide of Luke Badiali’s left post, George Hole went close and Ryan Marriott fired over the bar.

It was grim viewing for Crawley Down’s fans as not one shot was fired in the whole of the half.

The Hornets scored their second when Jamie Hills conceded a penalty and then saw Cade drive the ball home past Badiali to give the enthusiastic Horsham support plenty to celebrate.

Crawley Down Gatwick: Badiali, Hills, Lucas, Akande, Kanu (Miller), Nankani (Lawson), Sargent, Sinclair-Smith, Tait, Akanbi (Harriott), Mitchell.

Unused subs: Cousins, Miller

Attendance: 154

Man of the Match: Rishi Nankani