Tuesday September 15 – SCFL Premier Division
Horsham YMCA 3 Littlehampton Town 1
A stirring second half performance helped Horsham YMCA come from behind to beat Littlehampton Town 3-1 in Premier Division action at Gorings Mead on Tuesday evening.
The lively visitors took the lead nine minutes before half time when wide man Ryan Bell evaded the offside trap and fired home at the far post, but YM responded swiftly as Dave Brown’s sixth goal in as many games made it 1-1 ninety seconds before the break.
Peter Buckland’s side then dominated after the restart and further strikes from front men Sam Schaaf and Nick Sullivan, the latter making his 100th appearance for the club, brushed aside last season’s Sussex County League Division 1 champions and extended YM’s unbeaten start to the season to eleven games.
Manager Buckland commented: “It was a hard fought win. We got it wrong tactically in the first half, but I recognised that and switched to a 4-4-1-1 formation. They were slightly edging the midfield because they were a yard quicker than us. I felt that we totally exposed them in the second half and I think I’m right in saying that the best team won over the ninety minutes. The first half was nip and tuck, but I’ve just said to the players that they’re starting to get this air of invincibility and belief about them. I felt that if we could just get our noses ahead, their heads would drop a bit and they did. We grew into the game against Burgess Hill and we grew into this game and the individual performances are now stepping up to the plate. I was just waiting for one or two players to really get there and I felt tonight that collectively, pretty much all of them did. It could have been four or five comfortably at the end.”
YM Team: Lockwood, D. Sullivan, Carden, Gathern, Evans, Dugdale, Gedling, D. Brown, J. Brown (Doherty 46), N. Sullivan, Schaaf (Wright 64) Unused subs: Hunter, White, Hibbert.
Tom Norris – Football Reporter