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Horsham boss 'more than happy with their work' in enthralling Carshalton draw

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Horsham manager Dominic Di Paola was ‘more than happy with their work’ in their 2-2 home draw with ten-man Carshalton Athletic in the BetVictor Premier Division on Tuesday.

An action-packed end to the first half saw Omar Koroma put the Robins in front from the spot before Chris Smith and Charlie Harris struck to give the Hornets a half-time lead.

But the visitors were much improved in the second half and levelled through Bobby Price.

Carshalton’s Jordan Cheadle was sent off at the death after being shown a second yellow.

Leaders Horsham moved a point clear of second-placed Folkestone Invicta although the Hornets have played a game more.

Di Paola said: “We’re more than happy with our work on the night.

“At times we had to deal with their threats but we caused them some problems.

“We’ve got to be happy. We can’t ask for too much more than what we did.

“They finished second last year and Hornchurch on Saturday were another one of the favourites. You’ve got to bear in mind that George Hayward hasn’t played much football recently, neither has Rob O’Toole.

“Smudge (Smith) had a problem with his groin.

“We had no Will Miles, no Lea Dawson, no Kieran Lavery so I think it was a good result.

“We’ll come away with lots of positives.”

Carshalton had the ball in the back on the half-hour mark. Koroma leapt highest to head home from a corner but the referee blew for a push by the forward.

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But six minutes later the Robins did have a goal.

Tommy Bradford burst into the area but was brought down by Alex Kelly.

Up stepped Koroma and he coolly slotted home the penalty.

The Hornets needed only five minutes to level.

Harvey Sparks swung a ball into the box to Smith, who swept home to equalise.

And two minutes before half-time, Horsham completed the turnaround.

Harris showed great strength to muscle his way to the edge of the area before unleashing a driven shot.

Keeper Kelton Perntreou got a hand to it but the ball zipped into the bottom corner to give the Hornets the lead at the break.

The Robins had been gradually turning the screw in the second half and equalised on 77 minutes under slightly fortuitous circumstances.

Bentley looked to have Ricky Korboa’s cross under control but the keeper spilt the ball into the path of Price, who tucked home from two-yards.

Four minutes from time Horsham spurned a superb chance to snatch another last-gasp win. O’Toole’s perfectly weighted cross found Kieron Pamment at the far post but his attempt flew high and wide.

There was still time for more drama as Cheadle was shown a second yellow card at the death for a foul on O’Toole.

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Horsham YMCA take full advantage of AFC Uckfield Town implosion for victory

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Horsham YMCA assistant manager Julian Miller admitted AFC Uckfield Town’s second-half implosion ‘made it easier’ for his side in their 3-1 win over the Uckers on Saturday.

Tayler Maddock and Sam Cooper both received red cards while Dean Stewart-Hunter and Ellis Cormack were both sent to the sin-bin in a tumultuous second half which saw the visitors playing with just eight men for a short period of the game.

Johden De Meyer (centre) looks to jink through the Uckers defence

Johden De Meyer (centre) looks to jink through the Uckers defence

Miller said: “It was a really funny game because we missed a lot of chances and let them back in, and then, once we got going again, they got ill-disciplined and it was a lot easier than it could have been.

“Once we were playing against ten, then nine, then eight, we just kept the ball really well, stretching them.”

Miller also believes his side had a big impact on the visitors’ two red cards. He added: “We were putting them under so much pressure so we caused a lot of it.

“That made it easier for us but we pressured them into making these tackles because they couldn’t get anywhere near one or two of our players.”

Guy Harding looks to win the ball in an aerial duel

Guy Harding looks to win the ball in an aerial duel

The tenth-placed Uckers began relatively well, handling the threat of a home attack with the best scoring record outside of the SCFL Premier Division’s top five without too much early trouble.

YM broke the deadlock in the 29th minute as Maddock felled a home forward and Dean Carden fired the resulting penalty into the top right corner.

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The hosts exerted their control before the break, but the Uckers still went close as Maclean almost met a Bailo Camara cross on the stroke of half-time.

The introduction of Dee Okojie at the restart proved pivotal when his 60th minute cross found Cormack who prodded a header home to equalise.

Adam Hunt battles with an AFC Uckfield Town player for the ball

Adam Hunt battles with an AFC Uckfield Town player for the ball

While the Uckers would’ve expected to push on, the events of the next ten minutes removed all hopes of winning.

The away side self-combusted when Maddock was first shown a second yellow, then Matt Daniel put the hosts 2-1 up in the 65th minute, and Cooper was also awarded a second booking to add to Stewart-Hunter’s sin-bin soon after.

YM had full control thereafter and confirmed victory as Daniel bagged his second – and 21st of the season – in the 83rd minute, before Cormack was also placed in the sin-bin in the final few minutes.

Horsham YMCA: Jeal, Carden, Evans, Donaghey (Lovegrove 82), Harding (Gibbs 50), Hunt (Gedling 74), Lemon, Dugdale, Daniel, De Meyer, Clarke. Unused: Pavlovic, Eales.

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Birmingham City recall goalkeeper from Crawley Town loan spell

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Crawley Town goalkeeper Michael Luyambula has today (Monday) been recalled by his parent club, Birmingham City.

Luyambula has been recalled by the Blues in order to obtain more game time this season.

The 20-year-old joined the Reds on a season-long deal on July 12.

Crawley would like to thank Luyambula for his historic performances in a Reds shirt, most notably against Walsall, Norwich City and Stoke City in the Carabao Cup.

The Reds wish Luyambula all the very best in his future career.

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