Hawks returned home for their latest fixture, looking to bounce-back from a poor performance at Maidstone the week before.
Hawks started slowly and early mistakes gave Chris Price and the defenders more work than they'd anticipated. Once they had navigated the opening Horsham pressure, Hawks took control of the game, attacking the Horsham D and creating many chances. The pressure finally told as Bucky slid in on his nose to finish in style from a well worked crash ball. The capacity crowd went crazy. On this form surely nothing could go wrong...The goal was just what the game needed. A reivigorated Hawks continued to create chances with only the final pass or finish lacking. Horsham became more and more frustrated with themselves remonstrated loudly with eachother. Possibly thinking of half time, Hawks switched off and Horsham capitalised with a "Shane Warne" like goal. The scuffed shot deflected away from goal by Horsham and although Price's dive looked to have it more than covered, the ball spun wickedly around him and into the goal. Hawks went in to half time at 1-1 when it could quite easily have been 2 or 3 nil.
Hawks were left embarrassed by their sluggish reactions straight after the start of the second half. Horsham pushed back, launched a Leadbitter aerial (which cleared the entire Hawks team), directly to a forward on the top of the D. From the resulting 1 on 1, Chris Price could then only deflect the ball into the path of a recovering Robbo. He coolly slotted it in the bottom corner of his own goal. A tragi-comical 2-1 to Horsham. Hawks then returned to bad habits, frequently turning the ball over as they tried in vain to resurrect the form that had put them ahead. Eventually turnovers put paid to Hawks ambitions as Horsham scored a soft goal.
Hawks went down 3-1. The abiding feeling of "what might have been" lingered long into the evening. Next week we go on the road to Old Cranleighans to try get that elusive win and giving us something to really celebrate at the Christmas party!!
MOM: Barney Wilkinson: tireless work rate and skill
DOD: Barney Wilkinson: turning up with no shorts and receiving two yellow cards