Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League Premier Division
Horley Town 1 Camberley Town 3
AN ill wind blew high-flying Horley Town no good at The New Defence on Saturday, being sent off course dramatically.
In form FA Vase quarter-finalists Camberley Town, boasting the best defensive record in the Combined Counties League Premier Division, exacted revenge for their 5-0 opening day of the season defeat at Krooner Park.
Clarets’ manager Anthony Jupp admitted afterwards: "I thought that we did reasonably well in the first half with the better chances in very windy conditions.
"Their goalkeeper Craig Bradshaw made a good save from Ashley Nadesan’s penalty, and I thought that it should have been a red card for deliberate handball by their player Bobby Dormer who was only booked by referee Peter Georgiou. Then, to make matters worse Richard Wetton also missed the follow up.
"At that point we had two or three half chances but didn’t hit the shots.
"We were very disappointed to concede so early in the second half after Ryan Brackpool won a great header to defend a corner. Then some poor marking or defending on the edge of the penalty area allowed Camberley Town to score. Their second goal came very quickly after a great strike by Robert Lazarczuk with our keeper George Hyde off his line.
"I felt that the final scoreline flattered them a bit but we never really got going up front."
However, from a positive point of view, the Clarets’ boss hailed experienced John Eldred and promising youngster Rob Burbidge as "excellent" in midfield.
The turning point in terms of Clarets slipping to seventh spot in the table, while Krooners climbed to third position in the title race, came after 40 minutes of fairly non-descript action due to high winds, when Leyton Regan’s deep free-kick was handled by Dormer in the penalty area but leading scorer Nadesan’s poor spot-kick was parried by the imposing Bradshaw with Wetton putting the rebound wide of the near post.
That lucky let-off for the in form visitors was always likely to come back to haunt Horley, with chairman Mark Sale having offered to clean every player’s boots if they could do a dream double over Krooners.
However, that dream rapidly turned into a nightmare after the break as the visitors took full advantage of the brutal wind as had always looked virtually certain to happen with such decisive elements in play.
The dreary deadlock was broken after 47 minutes when Hyde did well to parry Lazarczuk’s free-kick from the left, but Daniel Jewell hammered home the loose ball from outside the box.
Worse was to follow for Clarets three minutes later when lively Lazarczuk spotted Hyde off his line and beat him ruthlessly with an outrageous 45-yard wind-assisted lob.
Success was secured on 80 minutes when Perry Coles shot home from close range from substitute James Hubbard’s cross from the right, having evaded defensive attempts by Lewis Forsdick and captain Adam Pullin.
Coles also hit the woodwork after 57 minutes and 86 minutes to confirm Camberley’s superiority.
However, Clarets salvaged a stoppage-time consolation goal after three of seven added minutes when left-back Jack Poplett, up in support of a rare attack, shot home from close range, beating Bradshaw at long last, following a well-worked move between Nadesan and substitute James Clarke.
Horley Town: George Hyde, Scott Robson, Jack Poplett, John Eldred, Adam Pullin (capt), Lewis Forsdick, Leyton Regan (Michael Smith 56 min), Robert Burbidge, Ryan Brackpool (James Clarke 67 mins), Ashley Nadesan, Richard Wetton (Bailey Rumbelow 84 min). Unused subs: Nathan Jupp, Liam Cox.