Highlights: Horsham 2 Chatham Town 2

By Ian Townsend

Late goals galore- including a ninety seventh minute leveller

Horsham, courtesy of their 3G surface, were the hosts of the only Pitching In Isthmian Premier match to survive the weather on Tuesday night- and it was a match which saw the Hornets dent Chatham Town’s title hopes with an equaliser in the ninety seventh minute.

The Chats were hoping to reduce the nine point gap between themselves and leaders Hornchurch, and they went ahead on the half hour, Reece Butler firing home a cross from Eddie Allsopp. It was a lead they held until twenty minutes from time, when the hosts, supported by the majority of the five hundred and sixty watching on, drew level- James Hammond sending a thirty yard free kick into the net despite the best efforts of Ben Bridle Card in the visitors goal.

We reached the ninety minute mark with the sides seemingly having to settle for a point each, and then we had enough drama for an entire match in seven minutes. First, a Chatham corner found Simon Cooper, who headed home, seemingly clinching victory- only he hadn’t. Up the other end, a cross from Jack Brivio struck the hand of Chatham’s Alex Brefo- and the referee did two things. First, he pointed to the spot. Second, he brandished a second yellow card, and Brefo, who had just returned from a suspension after a red card at Canvey on November 28th, saw red once more.

Up stepped Hammond, and the Hornets had the point that their endeavours deserved- whilst over in East London, Hornchurch supporters who had become honorary Hornets for an evening were delighted by the fact that their side is eight points clear, having played three matches fewer than second place Chatham.

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