Heroic Horsham FC bowed out of the FA Cup following a 3-0 home defeat to League One club Barnsley FC in this evening’s televised first round replay. (Photo: Charlie Crowhurst)
Barnsley took the lead after just three minutes when a cross sailed over Lewis Carey’s head for Nicky Cadden to tap home.
The Tykes doubled the advantage on ten minutes when the Hornets again failed to deal with a cross and McAtee was there to slot home at the back post.
McAtee made it 3-0 after 26 minutes after Jordan Williams delivered a delightful ball into McAtee who saw Carey off his line and produced a delightful chip.
In the first half, Carey could not replicate his heroics from the game at Oakwell for the first three goals. In the second half the Horsham stopper was on the spot to deny Barnsley a fourth with a spectacular diving save to his left. (Photo: John Lines)
But Horsham were simply excellent in the second half and were unfortunate not to get a goal their attacking play so richly deserved.
But who stood out for Horsham? Here are Sam Pole's ratings from the game.
Price put in an excellent shift on the right hand side. In the second half his link up play proved dangerous and was a constant threat to the Barnsley left hand side. (Photo: John Lines) The Hornets skipper was the rock at the back, despite the early goals, Brivio settled into the game well and marshalled the back four into a commanding second half where the hosts deserved a goal for their efforts. (Photo: John Lines) Strange was the best player in a first half that Barnsley dominated. He was commanding and poised on the ball and in the second brought the ball up calmly into midfield. The Hornets centre half won everything in the air and the Tykes attack looked toothless against him the second half. (Photo: Charlie Crowhurst) Harvey Sparks (Photo: (Photo by Ben Roberts Photo/Getty Images)) Lucas Rodrigues was good in midfield, he almost pulled one back for the Hornets just after the second half break where he broke free but his effort was a weak one. (Photo: John Lines) Barker played well in the middle of the park, combatting the strength of the Barnsley midfield, his link up play between the back four as well was also very good. He was replaced by Tom Kavanagh at the break. (Photo: John Lines) James Hammond was the pivot in midfield for the Hornets. His pressing in the second half was too much for the Barnsley midfield to handle at times and provided the spark that the Hornets needed coming out of the break. (Photo: John Lines) Fenelon, although often isolated up front, did much of the leg work. His link up play between the midfield was good despite not having any clear-cut chances on goal before being replaced by Kadel Daniel just before the hour mark. (Photo: John Lines) Harding was a thorn in the side of the Barnsley defence on the right hand side his tricky play as well as his defensive work in the late second half capped off an good display for the Hornets winger. (Photo: Photo: Ben Roberts Photo) Ajakaiye was lively throughout up front, his pace was constant threat and he almost pulled one back for the Hornets on 52 minutes after beating a couple of players, fired just wide. Ajakaiye was again close to bringing one back for the Hornets after Harding pulled it back across goal but the Hornets striker could not apply the fninishing touch. (Photo: Photo: Ben Roberts Photo) Reece Myles-Meekums was good when he was brought on, his runs down the right were excellent providing some much needed energy. (Photo: John Lines) After coming on Richards was a thorn in the side of the Barnsley defence, his runs and quick feet proved a great asset to the side. (Photo: John Lines) Tuck came on to provide stability in the midfield in the late stages and he performed well in the midfleld after coming on as a sub (Photo: John Lines) Kavanagh was the engine in midfield after coming on his energy in midfield was crucial in Horsham's fightback performance in the second half. (Photo: Charlie Crowhurst) Daniel was a handful on the left hand side coming onto the pitch, his runs and his hold up play helped the hosts carve out multiple chances in the second half. (Photo: John Lines)