Horsham make their point with rare clean sheet

Aaron Scott scored his second goal for Horsham last night
Aaron Scott scored his second goal for Horsham last night

Gary Charman says Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Walton & Hersham has gone some way to atoning for the horror show at Burgess Hill the week before.

It was only Horsham’s second clean sheet of the season and a first for more than five months.

“It was a massive improvement from Burgess Hill, we set up differently, went back to 4-4-2 and the players seem happier,” said assistant manager Charman, who lasted only 21 minutes of the match before coming off with a groin injury. “It was a game of not too many clear chances but we got into good areas regularly, so the only disappointment was that we didn’t make slightly more of those good positions.”

Adam Hutchings and Eddie Koboah were handed starts, and there was a new and youthful front pairing of Aaron Scott and Jamie Ampleford.

The Surrey visitors are on a good run of form, but it was Horsham who were the better side in the first 45 minutes. Ampleford saw a shot saved by keeper Chris Manderson while Hutchings was unlucky to see a shot on the rebound strike the top of the crossbar.

Horsham lost both Charman and Billy Joe King (cut eye) to injury before half time, and the visitors improved after the break without really testing Michael Hunter in goal. “We needed a positive result,” Charman said. “We wanted the win and were the better side, but we were perhaps missing that bit of magic to just nick it. It’s only our second clean sheet of the season so we’ll take the positives and move on to Tuesday’s game.”