Dominic Di Paola hailed a ‘brilliant day’ for Horsham and their supporters as they officially opened The Camping World Community Stadium with a 3-1 friendly victory over Crawley Town of the Football League on Saturday.
Chris Smith’s deft chip gave the Hornets a shock lead before Reece Grego-Cox’s thunderous strike restored parity before half-time.
But a second-half Kieran Lavery double ensured that Horsham secured a famous win on an historic day for the club.
Di Paola said: “For the local community and our supporters it was a brilliant day.
“We’re quite detached from it because we’re the actual team. We’re there all the time so we take it for granted.
“But for everyone else connected with the football club it must have been special, especially ones that have never been to the ground before.”