LIKE a classy cricketer lifting his bat aloft to celebrate his half-century, Ashley Nadesan bagged another brilliant brace to topple second-placed Ashford Town (Middlesex) in a pulsating clash at The New Defence on Saturday.
Appropriately, Nadesan, watched by Brighton & Hove Albion and Colchester United, among his ever growing list of professional clubs’ admirers, reached 50 goals this season as classy Clarets seriously dented their high-flying visitors’ title and promotion ambitions following a frantic and controversial finish.Read more: Nadesan hits 50 - and this isn't cricket!
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