Saturday 5th December 2015
Chichester City 3 – 0 Horsham YMCA
Tom Norris – Football Reporter
Horsham YMCA slipped to fifth spot in the Southern Combination League Premier Division standings on Saturday, after they were beaten 3-0 away at in-form Chichester City.
Blustery winds and a heavy Oaklands playing surface made life tough for both sides, but it was the more clinical hosts who secured all three points thanks to a first half brace from Jimmy Wild and a controversial Dan Hegarty strike three minutes after the restart.
YM manager Peter Buckland commented: “It was what I expected, a really tough game on a meadow. But we could easily have been 3-0 up in the first quarter of an hour and at that point I thought, ‘here we go’.”
YM winger Dave Brown fired an early effort off target and Sam Schaaf shot straight at home goalkeeper Dave Hook, before City defender Dan Hegarty flicked wide of the near post and Hook denied Schaaf again moments later. Dean Wright then sliced over and Chichester forward Graham Bush’s deflected shot flew wide, before Wild broke the deadlock when he latched onto a George Way through ball and coolly finished. Brown squandered two further YM chances, before they were dealt a devastating blow just prior to the break, as Wild was released again and he made no mistake in sliding the ball home.
The only noteworthy moment in the second period came as the hosts contentiously extended their lead, Hegarty volleying in unopposed from close range, much to the frustration of a remonstrative YM defence who felt the goalscorer should have been flagged offside.
Buckland concluded: “If our chances had gone in, it completely changes the complexion of the game. I’m not down. The attitude was great and even at 3-0 we kept going and never threw the towel in. Again, it’s about how we react now.”
YM Team: Fox, D. Sullivan, Crane, Gathern, Evans, Wright (Gedling 46) Dugdale, Hibbert, Brown, N. Sullivan, Schaaf (Gannon 81). Unused subs: Carden, Donaldson.