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Clarets get controlled win despite missing midfielders

Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League Premier Division

Horley Town 3 Cove 0

MISSING midfield maestros could not prevent Horley Town from bouncing back to winning ways and sixth spot in the table at The New Defence on Saturday.

James Clarke was unavailable, while Ben Herdman was reduced to the role of spectator following a suspected cracked rib which was suffered in the previous Saturday’s hard-earned 1-1 draw at Guildford City.

Clarets’ manager Anthony Jupp was purring with pride after beating hapless rock bottom Cove, even though the hosts had been ahead only 1-0 at the interval before bossing it in the second half.

Jupp admitted afterwards: "This was a great result and three points and performance from us and it was also so satisfying and deserved to keep a clean sheet."

"Cove have a new management team and had signed 12 new players. They will pick up as the season goes on and get some points."

Remarkably, Cove, who have fallen from grace in recent times, had only managed three points previously, trailing second from bottom Redhill by nine points nearing the half-way stage of this season.

Jupp said: "Injured Mr Reliable Ben Herdman was a big miss in particular for us and he will probably be ruled out of action for a while which is a big blow to us. But John Eldred stepped in and did a great job and shared my man of the match award with Scott Robson. A gutsy performance gave us an important three points to get back into sixth position in the table."

"We always looked comfortable and Cove didn’t really trouble us until late on when George Hyde made a great save." Hyde had denied striker Dago Oshitila in the second stoppage-time minute, turning his low shot round the far post for a corner which came to nothing for the outplayed visitors.

The Clarets’ boss also hailed his "solid" centre-back pairing of captain Adam Pullin and Lewis Forsdick, while praising both full backs fit-again Jack Poplett and Robson who "pushed on well."

Jupp hailed young forward Leyton Regan’s "great strike" after 25 minutes for opening the scoring, rifling his 25-yard finish in the top corner of the net past helpless goalkeeper Ian McCulley, after Ashley Nadesan had set up the chance for his strike partner.

The Clarets’ boss also saluted "two good team goals that Nadesan finished off." The second goal had arrived on 62 minutes when hard-working Richard Wetton, who was substituted immediately ironically, set up the chance for Nadesan whose 20-yard shot nestled in the top corner of the net, giving keeper McCulley no chance.

The final act came on 90 minutes when Nadesan completed his brace firing home the rebound at the far post after Regan’s shot had rebounded off the upright following fine approach play on the right of goal.

Horley Town: George Hyde, Scott Robson, Jack Poplett, Rob Burbidge (Michael Smith 73 mins), Adam Pullin (capt), Lewis Forsdick, Richard Wetton (Ben Cotton 63 mins), John Eldred, Asa Curtis (Ryan Brackpool 67 mins), Leyton Regan, Ashley Nadesan. Unused subs: Tim Carnell, Oli Hollingshead.


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