Three cracking goals – YMCA are second with a game to go

Tuesday April 23 – Southern Combination Football League – Premier Division

Horsham YMCA 3 1 Crawley Down Gatwick

Martin Read – Sports Reporter
Horsham YMCA’s rich vein of form continued with another impressive win, but
they had to dig deep after going one nil down against the run of play. YM
pressed from the off, Crawley Down Gatwick’s keeper Andy Greaves’ legs
keeping out Tony Nwachukwu’s strike, with Alex Barbary’s shot from the
rebound just sneaking past the top left corner of the goal. A YM corner
followed but Tom Gilbert had to back-pedal and, off balance, headed over.
With YM having all of the possession Dean Bown and Greaves raced for the
ball, Bown’s attempt going straight at the keeper. CDG then made a rare entry
into YM’s half for Marc Pelling to head in a corner in a goal mouth scramble
with a quarter of an hour on the clock. YM immediately responded, but, with
CDG coming more into the game Ollie Leslie made two incursions, blazing
over and then kicking wide, before Michael Wood wasted a free kick. Bown
then burst through only to be caught offside, ahead of a CDG corner being
safely cleared and YM keeper Aaron Jeal running out to negate an attack. YM
turned up the heat, a Luke Gedling free kick almost producing a result before
the resultant corner was headed onto the top netting. Jack Hartley was then
bundled off the ball, Jack Ryder putting Gedling’s free kick just over. A Billy
Wraight pile driver skimmed Jeal’s bar, until, five minutes before the interval, a
pinpoint cross enabled Nwachukwu to head in a classic goal, the teams going
into the break one apiece.
Re-starting, a YM free kick was blasted just wide, but YM soon took the lead
from a beautiful goal, Jack Hartley somehow curling the ball into the top right
corner despite the presence of two defenders seemingly blocking his path.
Two minutes later Alex Barbary broke through to stroke the ball in, suddenly
giving YM a two goal cushion. Bown then induced an athletic one-handed
save from Greaves, but CDG were not conceding defeat and unfurled a wave
of attacks, their corner following one from YM. Jeal had to punch threats away
– twice – before Ollie Broad surged into the box and CDG earned two corners
at the death, but with YM defending well the result was not seriously in doubt,
YM running out 3-1 winner, Manager Peter Buckland telling the District Post:
“We scored three cracking goals, our changed format paying dividends in the
second half. This was a good game, they chased every ball, but we don’t like
being beaten!” With just 15 th -placed Langney Wanderers to play (at Gorings
Mead on Saturday), YM are second with 82 points behind uncatchable
Chichester. Eastbourne Town and Newhaven are third and fourth, each on
80, Buckland adding: “Rumours and counter rumours abound as to the
composition of the league above next season and it appears that their will be
vacancies, but there are no play-offs, so we need to win again on Saturday
and see what happens.”

Photo: Goal scorer- Tony Nwachukwu

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