JOHN CUMBERBATCH praised a good Horsham YMCA performance but said failure to convert their chances was costly in a 1-0 defeat at Sittingbourne.
Bottom side YM were a match for their mid-table hosts throughout, but once again couldn’t find the net and a second half goal saw them suffer their 26th league defeat of the season.
There was a mixed debut for Stefan Cox, signed from Dulwich Hamlet, who provided most of YM’s ammunition down the right wing but got himself sent off late on and will now miss the next three games.
Boss Cumberbatch said: “It was a good performance but unfortunately as usual we couldn’t finish the chances we created.
“New signing Stefan Cox was dangerous on the right, especially in the first half when he linked up well with (right back) Danny Dudley and most of our good play came down thank flank.”
YM striker Tom Yule had the best of a number of first half chances when, mid-way through a ball from the left picked him out but he could only volley straight at the Brickies’ keeper. A few balls across the face of Sittingbourne’s goal seemed to cause them problems but no Horsham player could get on the end of them.
The second half was fairly even but the hosts were handed a penalty when Hugh Samuels was adjudged to have tripped a Sittingbourne player. It was dubious in the eyes of Cumberbatch but the Sittingbourne taker could only strike it onto the crossbar anyway.
Cumberbatch said: “They missed the penalty but still it unhinged us and we lost all concentration and they scored five minutes after.”
YM’s defence repelled a series of shots with some good blocks but the rebounds kept falling to Sittingbourne players and finally one found the net to put the hosts ahead.
The YM chances continued as Kieran Mercer saw a header hacked off the goal line but the visitors couldn’t find a way through and Cox’s debut ended early when he was shown a straight red for reacting to a bad challenge.
Cumberbatch added: “It really was a game we should have won by two or three goals but again we got hit by a sucker punch and we couldn’t find a response.”
YM play third bottom Chatham Town away this Saturday where defeat could see them mathematically relegated from the Ryman League.