The second half started in a fast and frantic manner, without neither team creating any clear-cut chances early on. Brighton were in the lead and appeared to gain more control the more the second half went on. However, a rare lapse in judgement defensively from Brighton put Horsham’s Fenelon through on goal, but his effort went over the bar. They soon had another chance as Harding’s cross met the head of Charlie Hester-Cook, but the substitute could only header the ball straight at Beadle.
Horsham were made to pay for their missed opportunities as Wilson got on the end of a low cross from right-back Casper Nilsson in the 79th minute to make it 3-0. This seemed to wake Horsham up as they had the better of the opportunities in what remained of the game Fellow substitutes Charlie Harris and Eddie-Louis Dsane were involved heavily late on for Horsham, with several efforts on goal testing Beadle.
The Brighton goalkeeper could not stop the effort from Day, whose effort impressed the 557 that were in attendance. Beadle was tested by another excellent Hawkins corner, but the ball wasn’t cleared as it fell to Day and his acrobatic effort found the roof of the net. Emmerson had the chance to seal the game shortly after for the Seagulls, but his low driven effort was agonisingly wide.
In the end, Brighton were the deserving winners. Horsham brought great support with them and saved their best football for the end but at this stage, it was too late.
(A selection of photographs can be found on Facebook - courtesy of Simon Roe Photography)
Stats: (Horsham - Brighton and Hove Albion): Goals (1-3), Shots (14-12), Shots on Target (7-6), Offsides (0-3), Fouls (4-3), Yellow Cards (0-0), Red Cards (0-0).
Horsham: Howes, Sessegnon, Sparks, Tuck, Day, Brivio (captain), Harding, Kavanagh, Fenelon, O’Toole, Richards.
Subs: Metcalf, Harris, Hester-Cook, Dsane, Rodrigues.
Brighton & Hove Albion: Beadle, Nilsson, Sturge, Hinshelwood, McConville, Hinchy, Baker-Boaitey, Chouchane, Emmerson, Moran, Wilson.
Subs: Furlong, Reid, Peupion, Miller, Spong.
Match Report by Andy Davies