Gorings Mead pitch ‘shot for the season’ says YM boss after late Selsey loss

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YM BOSS Sammy Donnelly has blasted the decision to allow Tuesday night’s game against Selsey to go ahead, and is angry that it has ‘ruined the pitch’ for the rest of the season.

Donnelly’s side went down 2-0 as YM were again undone by late goals at home, as The Blues became the latest midweek visitors to Gorings Mead to steal all three points at the death.

But Donnelly fumed: “The game should not have been played last night, it’s as simple as that, the pitch was atrocious and in my opinion it’s ruined for the season.

“Whoever called that game on has condemned that pitch, it hasn’t stopped raining all week, it’s ridiculous and it’s now shot for the season.”

YM goalkeeper Simon Lockwood saved a first half penalty to keep the visitors at bay as Donnelly’s side were second best in the first half.

YM though twice rattled the bar through youngster Max Love and Dan Sullivan in a scrappy second half, but as the hosts faded they were made to pay with goals in the 80 and 82nd minute from Dave Styles and Jake Lafferty.

Conceding in the final ten minutes of games is becoming a familiar occurrence for YM; this result the latest in a trio of last gasp torments for boss Donnelly.

The setback ends a three game unbeaten run for YM in the league, but what is more worrying is their continuous problem concerning player availability.

Donnelly named a heavily reshuffled line-up from the side that faced Pagham on Saturday, with Dean Wright, Dan Smith, Nick Sullivan and Ashley Dugdale’s unavailability adding to YM’s persistently lengthy injury list.

This meant a first start for under-18 midfielder Zach Haulkham, and a recall to the starting line-up for youngsters Lewis Scally, Tom Stillwell and Timmy Martin

The returning Liam Hunter lasted just half an hour before a recurring hamstring problem forced him off, replaced by debutant Hassan Conteh, who Donnelly hadn’t seen play before, while illness to George Hillier saw him replaced at half-time.

“I know I’m repeating myself but you can’t play a football match with eight players missing,” Donnelly said. “The young players did well but they don’t have the experience, I had to use a player I’d never seen before and two of my players were never really fit enough to play.

“I’m just so frustrated. I must have signed over 40 players just for one team which is unheard of. I just feel there are people at the club pulling the other way to me.”

But he added: “I won’t quit but I don’t see things getting any better.”

YM (4-5-1): Lockwood, D. Sullivan, Crane, King, Stillwell, Hunter (Conteh 25), Scally, Curtis, Haulkham, Martin, Hillier (Love 45)