Horsham match report
Match report by Simon Grier.
Answers on a postcard: is there another ground where Ks have as a bad a record as they do at Horsham's new Camping World Stadium? That is, a 100% loss record having played four games or more?
The teaser gave Ks fans something to distract themselves with during a desperately boring encounter. Nodirbek Bobomurodov fired over from the edge of the box in the first half; Kenny Beaney fired wide from 20 yards in the second. These were the only efforts of note though in a game where it felt as if even if the ref had played until midnight, Ks still wouldn't look like scoring. They didn't even win a corner all match.
On the plus side, it wasn't like Horsham were all over Ks. Sam Jackson had little to do in the first half either, though was relieved to see Lucas Rodrigues twice fire wide and Jack Mazzone clear the crossbar when in a good position. In fairness, the Hornets weren't helped by ex-Ks striker Dan Ajakaiye limping off early on.
Five league games without a win, Horsham weren't coming into the game on great form. But on 57 minutes they found a breakthrough, Harvey Sparks getting forward and crossing for Jack Brivio to easily convert from around the penalty spot.
They had a couple of good chances to double their advantage but Tom Day headed wide and Jackson did well to come off his line and save from Mazzone. But The Hornets needn't have worried, as Ks offered no genuine threat of scoring an equaliser.
The last throw of the dice was to bring on Iker Noguera Leon, just 20 hours on from playing a full 90 minutes in the fine FA Youth Cup win over Cray. But the youngster couldn't have been expected to make an impact in the circumstances and Horsham held on for a comfortable win.
Horsham: Mitchell Beeney, Chris Sessegnon, Harvey Sparks, Doug Tuck, Tom Day, Jack Brivio, Lucas Rodrigues, Shamir Fenelon, Jack Mazzone, Daniel Ajakaiye, Tom Richards.
Subs: Danny Dudley (for Shamir Fenelon, 90+5m), Bobby Price (for Daniel Ajakaiye, 15m), Tom Kavanagh (for Jack Brivio, 65m), Lee Harding, Oliver Knight.
Goal scorer: Jack Brivio (56m, 1-0)