Guildford’s lead over Trojans at the top of South League Premier Division 1 is down to a solitary point.
While the Surrey pacesetters were being held 2-2 at Eastbourne, Trojans trimmed Horsham 3-1 at Christ’s Hospital, where Dan Ferrier converted penalty corners either side of half-time and Paul Hilton got the points clinching third.
Trojans called the tune from the start, creating numerous turnovers and an abundance of chances, none of which they took.
Some fine goalkeeping, poor finishing and twice the woodwork kept Trojans at bay – until Ferrier’s powerful drag flick from a short corner put them in front.
Trojans paid the penalty for missing those chances as Tim Upchurch equalised for Horsham, beating the evergreen Steve Cole high to the goalkeeper’s left.
Trojans, who host winless Woking at Stoneham Lane on Saturday (1.30), were lucky not to be further behind at half time when a well timed interception gave Horsham a two-on-one with Cole, only for an open goal to be missed under pressure from the chasing Harry Warren.
The second half started brightly for Trojans, creating more good chances only to fail at the final pass or shot.
Ferrier was on target again with his second – and fifth of the season - from another penalty corner to give Trojans a 2-1 lead, and then Paul Hilton scored his first goal of the term, turning and firing high into the net from the top of the D after a good pass from Matt Bridger.
Horsham were willed into life and were kept at bay by some good saves from Cole and some mature defending from a second half centre back pairing of teenager Toby Dudson and Harry Warren. late green card for Ben Cole gave Horsham the numerical advantage which was undone when indiscipline gave one of their forwards a yellow card for verbally abusing the umpires.
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