After the break, Horsham punished Saltdean further after another lovely passing display, Harvey Sparks broke forward and drilled home from the left of the penalty area, leaving Broadbent with no chance.
For all Horsham’s dominance, they had looked shaky at times with several misplaced passes that Saltdean were unable to capitalise on.
That was, until shortly before the hour mark, when Saltdean caught Horsham half-asleep from a free kick which was played forward to Kieron Pamment who buried past Sam Howes.
It gave Saltdean the confidence they needed, and this was followed up by a volley inside the box from Pamment which was fired inches over.
Minutes later, Horsham were down to 10 men with Will Miles given his marching orders for a second bookable offence.
Saltdean piled the pressure on but were unable to forge any meaningful chances with many balls into the box that Horsham were able to deal with.
The Hornets then came close to finishing the game off catching Saltdean on the break. Richards, who had an excellent game, sped down the left putting it on a plate for Dsane who looked certain to score but for a last-gasp block from Marcus Allen.
Just two minutes later Saltdean came close to an equaliser with Pamment striking from outside the box which was met by Luca Bish who back heeled it into Broadbent’s midriff.
Saltdean wouldn’t give up and kept on coming. Captain, Callum Saunders, must have realised it wasn’t going to be their day when he struck inches wide of the mark from the edge of the box.
In the end Horsham held out for the all-important win that has sent them to the Semi-Finals for the first time in over a decade where they join Three Bridges and Worthing with Eastbourne Town hosting Brighton next Tuesday.
SUSSEX SENIOR CHALLENGE CUP QUARTER-FINAL RESULTS
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