IF aspiring heavyweights Horley Town really do have ambitions to become future champions they must climb back off the canvas after being floored by two knockout punches during this dismal defeat at Wibbandune Sports Ground on Saturday.
Their lack of squad strength was exposed ruthlessly, with manager Anthony Jupp and first team coach Matt Chapman having to name themselves as unused substitutes to complete a patched up travelling party which looked distinctly that – patched up.Read more: Horley struggle with patched up squad
HONESTY is the best policy they say and Horley Town earned top marks for that virtue at a muddy The New Defence on Saturday.
Despite being outplayed by 13th-placed 10-man visitors AFC Hayes, who had beaten Town in their first meeting earlier this season, The Clarets conjured up an unlikely victory from the jaws of a seemingly certain impending shock defeat.
The visitors were reduced after 74 minutes when midfielder James Charles was sent off by referee Phil Jones for violent conduct, having floored right-back Scott Robson who needed treatment before continuing.Read more: Town escape with 3 points after poor display
THE making of Horley Town arrived thanks to first-half hat-trick hero Ashley Nadesan at a bitterly cold High Road, overcoming being reduced to 10 men to triumph in this one-sided local derby on Saturday.
Early goal scorer midfielder Connor Power was sent off by Bulgarian referee Stanimir Stoyanov after 57 minutes following a foul, having been cautioned needlessly after 48 minutes for kicking the ball away.
Top scorer and man of the match Nadesan was in unstoppable form, just edging a close contest for the outstanding Town player award. Read more: 10 man Horley survive late onslaught
CLASSY Clarets put Spelly under their spell, bouncing back to winning ways at a muddy The New Defence on Saturday.
The hosts produced yet another proud performance to overpower eighth-placed Spelly and restore themselves to sixth spot in the table.
Top scorer and man of the match Ashley Nadesan bagged another decisive brace, while impressive midfield signing from Carshalton Athletic, Connor Power, enjoyed a dream debut goal and left-back Jack Poplett produced a further late, late show, scoring for the second successive home game following his stoppage-time consolation goal in the recent 3-1 home league defeat against high-flying Camberley Town.Read more: Classy Clarets put Spelly under their spell