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Late goal and bad pitch deny Clarets win

Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League Premier Division

Guildford City 1 Horley Town 1

TOP scorer Ashley Nadesan is set to be unleashed on hapless rock bottom Cove when they visit The New Defence on Saturday.

Horley Town manager Anthony Jupp admitted after his seventh-placed players made hard work of earning a draw at The Spectrum last Saturday that youth product Nadesan would be set to spearhead The Clarets' assault this weekend, bidding to return to winning ways, followed by the visit of Chertsey Town next Tuesday to The New Defence for another important league game.

 

Jupp admitted: "Yes, Ashley will be up front next week. He was a bit under the weather last weekend, although we still had enough quality players on the pitch to have beaten Guildford City."

"It was a very even first half with very few chances. But in the second half I felt that we totally dominated. We had three or four easy chances to wrap up the game but didn't take them. Perhaps the pitch did not help! It was awful and I had never seen anything like it!"

The Clarets’ boss rightly singled out 18-year-old midfielder Robert Burbidge for special praise as his man of the match. Burbidge showed a maturity beyond his years and looks to be an exciting prospect for the future. In addition, centre-back and captain Adam Pullin also produced a typically classy display, making several key interceptions in an otherwise unconvincing team display in all honesty.

Jupp added: “To concede on the 93rd minute from a free-kick was gutting!

As an added blow, Jupp lost left-back Jack Poplett to a hip injury at half-time, being replaced positionally by Nadesan. Jupp said: “I am not sure how long Pops will be out for but we are hoping that he will be fit again for Saturday.

Centre-back Liam Cox still has one more game of his three-match suspension to serve following his recent sending-off against Epsom & Ewell.

A drab first half was best forgotten in freezing conditions played out against the backdrop of a running track stadium which rarely produces classic encounters, while the pitch played its part in the lack of entertainment.

However, 13th-placed The Sweeney came closest to breaking the dreary deadlock after 50 minutes when The Clarets' goalkeeper George Hyde only found Jerry Amoo who squandered a golden chance, seeming set to score but seeing his shot rebound to safety off a post.

The breakthrough arrived eventually after 82 minutes when influential skipper Pullin's deep free-kick from the left finally found attacking right-back Scott Robson whose precise cross was met perfectly by incoming midfielder James Clarke who fired home at the far post, beating keeper Luke Badiali.

However, in the third of four stoppage-time minutes allowed by referee Peter Georgiou, the hosts salvaged a deserved equaliser when The Clarets conceded a costly free-kick 35 yards out and Adam Nditi lashed home a spectacular effort inside the far top corner, leaving Hyde helpless.

The Clarets were left kicking themselves for their inability to take numerous other chances, while the hosts’ overall finishing was equally poor in a game which will not live long in the memory.

Horley Town: George Hyde, Scott Robson, Jack Poplett (Ashley Nadesan 45 mins), Robert Burbidge, Adam Pullin (capt), Lewis Forsdick, Shaun Brown (Richard Wetton 68 mins), Ben Herdman, Leyton Regan, James Clarke, Asa Curtis (Ryan Brackpool 78 mins). Unused sub: Liam Giles.

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