Tuesday December 1 – SCFL Premier Division
Eastbourne Town 6 – 2 Horsham YMCA
Tom Norris – Football Reporter
Horsham YMCA missed the chance to go top of the Southern Combination League Premier Division on Tuesday evening as they were beaten 6-2 away at Eastbourne Town.
Three hosts’ goals inside the opening 22 minutes ended YM’s hopes of reaching the league summit, as Town put the fixture beyond all doubt during a first half to forget for visitors’ goalkeeper Simon Lockwood.
James Taylor fired the home side ahead after just four minutes, before a woeful Lockwood free kick found Aaron Capon 25 yards from goal and the youngster rounded the ‘keeper and tapped in six minutes later.
Taylor doubled his tally midway through the half when Lockwood could only block a Capon shot into the path of the midfielder, who slotted into an empty net.
Dave Brown reduced the deficit just after the half hour mark with a curled effort from 20 yards, but Town captain Kenny Pogue made it 4-1 just before the break when another Lockwood error in the box allowed the striker to slam home.
The hosts’ front man then completed his hatrick in the second half, netting either side of a consolatory Anthony Hibbert header.
YM manager Peter Buckland commented: “It was very, very disappointing. I have just said to the players that we all enjoy the good days, but we’ve all got to man up now on a bad day.
“We just seemed a yard slower than them. We didn’t win any seconds, we were stretched all over the pitch and no one kept their shape.
“I don’t think it would have mattered who we were playing tonight, we would have been beaten playing like that. It was a big game and a big occasion, but all that’s been lost is three points. There are no medals handed out at the end of November. What it’s about now, is how we react Saturday.”
YM (4-5-1): Lockwood (Fox 46), D. Sullivan, Pollard, Gathern (Crane 54), Evans, Dugdale (c), Gedling Hibbert, Wright (Smith 68), Brown, Schaaf
Unused subs: Wood