Mead stretched for pre Christmas spoils!
Horsham 3-4 The Mead
The Mead completed the League double over the Hornets with a victory that really should have been as conclusive as the two sides first meeting in August. The fact that it wasn’t was down to a combination of an amazing finale from the home side as well as well as the visitors frustrating inability to seal games on the road.
Going into the game against one of his former clubs, “all” the Gaffer must have hoped for was the three points, and at the end of the day, that’s what happened – but goodness it ended a lot closer than it really should have been in a game where the Gaffer gave League debuts to full-backs Gabby Adelowo and Williams Danquah.
Horsham beaten 0-5 at Princes in August remember, started well and had the first chance when Harris set up Boswell from 30 yards who forced Lewis Carey at full length to pull off a fine save. The Mead were then denied the early lead as Danny Parish wriggled clear inside the box only to be denied by the feet of keeper Daly. But Danny got the better of the two’s next clash less than a minute later when he got on the end of Ellis Green’s cross to head home at the back post.
The first game saw the Mead off to a flyer and history repeated itself two minutes later as the lead was doubled. Ellis’ shot was deflected behind, and from the corner, skipper Leon Smith powered in a header that the home side claim they’d cleared – the assistant’s flag though said otherwise and the Mead had a two goal lead inside ten minutes again.
Solomon Taiwo’s long range free-kick was then only a foot or two too high before Boiling was then in the right place to keep out Danny, not once but twice, ten minutes before half-time. Ellis’ cross was headed back by Paul Vines only for the home defender to block Danny’s first effort and just as it seemed that Danny would add to his tally, the defender was on the line to scramble clear.
Just past the hour, the Mead seemed to have sealed the points as a piece of individual brilliance rather from Danny made it 3-0. He produced some fine footwork to leave his marker and skip past two more before thumping the ball past Daly from the edge of the penalty area.
They say that you’re most venerable when you’ve just scored and duly less than three minutes later Nwachukwu capitalised on a defensive slip on the artificial surface and reduced the arrears with a composed finish.
The three goal lead was restored with under a quarter of an hour to go as “super-sub” Scott Kinch scored with his first touch less than a minute after coming on. He had replaced Ellis and was soon in the heart of the action rising brilliantly to power home a header from a deep free-kick.
That should have been that but the home side set up the grandstand finish as first Adelakun headed home to be followed by Metcalf bundling home an eighty-ninth minute corner. Indeed the home side thought they’d grabbed a point in stoppage time through Nwachukwu but referee Harris curtailed the home Christmas joy and became Mr Scrooge at the same time as he disallowed the goal for handball against the scorer, much to the relief of the Mead as the final whistle blew shortly afterwards.
So the Meads winless run that dates back almost a month is finally over and now the Gaffer can target more points hopefully over the forthcoming Christmas period to take the Mead back into contention for the Play Off places…
THE MEAD – Carey, Adelowo, Danquah, Taiwo, Smith, Denny, Green (Kinch), O’Connor, Vines, Parish (Mendy), Anidugbe
Subs – Duyile, Brand & Ovenden