SCFL Premier Division
St Francis Rangers 0 – 15 Horsham YMCA
Horsham YMCA bounced back from successive Premier Division defeats in some style on Saturday, as they beat bottom of the table St Francis Rangers 15-0 at the Colwell Ground. The thrashing was the struggling hosts’ heaviest loss of the season so far, and heaped further misery on a winless Rangers side that have scored just once in nineteen league games.
Visitors’ debutant Phil Johnson made the perfect start to life as a YM player following his move from Burgess Hill Town this week, with four well taken goals that included a first half hat-trick. Defender Dan Evans and striker Nick Sullivan both netted a hat-trick a piece, with the former’s three strikes all coming from the penalty spot, Dean Wright grabbed a brace, whilst further efforts from Matt Crane, Anthony Hibbert and Dave Brown completed the rout.
YM assistant manager, Dean Potter, commented: “Every single one of the players was superb and I’m delighted. Before the game you look at St Francis’ record and you say to the players that the main thing is three points. What I was proud and pleased with was that we kept our discipline. We played for the full ninety minutes. We won 15-0, but it could have been another ten, and I’m not being horrible, with the missed chances we had. Whoever you play against, when you’ve lost two games on the trot, you need to win straight away if you can, just to get that winning feeling back again. If you go a long time without winning a game, suddenly the morale can start to go. We needed this win. Whoever you play against, to win 15-0 takes a lot and some real class and the players have been that today, right from the warm up. We were very professional and disciplined.”
YM Team: Fox, D. Sullivan (Carden 65) Crane (Pollard 70), Gathern, Evans, Hibbert, Gedling, Brown, Johnson (Donaldson 65) Wright, N. Sullivan. Unused subs: Gannon, Dugdale.