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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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Young guns get Broadbridge Heath through in RUR Cup

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One of the youngest Broadbridge Heath squads for years picked up a 2-1 home win over Crawley Down Gatwick in Saturday’s rearranged RUR Cup second round tie.

Heath had 11 players under the age of 23 including 17-year-olds Cam Watts and Archie Goddard.

A Max Howell corner was met by Josh Tuck who headed the ball against the hands of Andy Greaves in the Down goal and then reacted quickest to drive the loose ball home to give Heath the lead on seven minutes.

Next a Tim Cook header pinballed between the post and a defender on the line before being cleared. At the other end Mitchell Bromage was rarely troubled but showed excellent distribution.

On 20 minutes a move that took in both flanks ended with Howell combining with Jamie Taylor to release the striker down the side of the penalty area.

Greaves rushed from his goal but Taylor expertly slipped the ball past him and into the net to give Heath a deserved 2-0 lead at the break.

It was an excellent 45 minutes for Heath with Bromage not having an on-target effort to deal with.

Heath began the second half just as strongly but gradually Crawley Down began to push forward and the Heath rearguard worked hard to keep the lead.

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On the hour, a cross was cleared to the edge of the box and Michael Belli drove the ball back through a crowd of players and in off the post to half the deficit.

Then with time running out Jamie Robinson jumped and headed away a far post cross and landed on a Down striker who had run underneath him without making an attempt to get the ball.

A half-hearted appeal from the visitors was met with the referee pointing to the spot. Heath were stunned.

Even after comparing notes with his assistant referee the decision stood. But Bromage dived full length to pull off a fantastic save and maintain Heath’s one goal advantage.

Down threw everything at Heath but Tuck, who was playing through pain was immense, and the back line refused to concede.

The Bears host Peacehaven & Telscombe in the league on Saturday.

Heath: Bromage, Smith, Robinson, A Jones, Tuck, Waddingham, Howell, Blake, Cook, Taylor (Whitely 90+2), Watts (Goddard 75). Unused. C Jones, Miller.

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Find out who our sides will face in the FA Trophy first qualifying round

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The draw for the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy was made at Wembley this (Monday) afternoon.

The tie will be played on the weekend of Saturday, October 26.

Winning clubs in the FA Trophy will pick up £2,450 and losing clubs get £800.

The draw four our sides in Sussex is as follows:

Folkestone Invicta v Lewes

Haywards Heath Town v Aylesbury United/Sevenoaks Town

Uxbridge v Bognor Regis Town

Harringey Borough v Horsham

Whitehawk v Hendon

AFC Dunstable v Hastings United

Worthing v Walton Casuals

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