The Falcons made the long trip to Horsham giving league debuts to Archie Spittles, Tim Spittles and Robert Breen against a competent and well organised Horsham Hoblers. The Falcons were soon under the cosh despite the the excellent Dave Blomley and the hard work of Russell Warner in the middle and more often, or not, it was left to Archie Spittles to make fine saves to keep the Horsham attack at bay.
To be fair, the Horsham finishing was not at its best and many chances were wasted. The Falcons were left to chances on the break and the best fell to Dave Hughes, after a fine pass from Ian Sobey, and the skipper just failed to latch on to the through ball and the chance was gone. Ian Caws made a wonderful save on the line to keep the scores level.
Bear Smith went close a couple of times from short corners and Phil Dunill continued to cause problems with his probing runs. Horsham finally took a deserved lead when the ball was turned in from close range and could have extended their lead as their fine passing play should have led to more goals but for fine saves from man of the match Archie Spittles.
Dave Hughes limped off, again, just before half time and some changes were made for the second half with Tim Spittles coming on to play sweeper and Robert Breen moving to right wing. The score was 1 nil at half time. The second half was in complete contrast to the first, whether Horsham lost their way or Falcons improved; is difficult to judge but in truth it was probably a mixture of both. Horsham seemed to lose possession more and Phil Dunnill began to cause a lot of problems with his fine skills and this was backed up by Russell Warner who had a excellent game thoughout.
Bear Smith smashed a short corner to equalise and then lifted the ball over the keeper to give the Falcons the lead and a could of helped himself to hat trick after being put through by Phil Dunnill but hit the post with the goal at his mercy. Horsham were still dangerous on the break but were limited to chances with Dave Blomley, Iam Caws and Tim Spittles forming a good partnership in defence.
On the right John Elliot and debutant Robert Breen were forming a good partnership and causing problems for Horsham and a 3rd goal was not far off. This came after a goal mouth scramble and Russell Warner slotted for a deserved goal and give the scoreline a bit of daylight.
Many thanks to both Umpires and a special thanks to the Horsham umpire Emily who gave a fine performance throughout.