Six ‘crazy’ minutes prove costly for YM at Littlehampton

Horsham YMCA were named Division One Team of the Month for January for wins against Selsey, Lingfield and Lewes
Horsham YMCA were named Division One Team of the Month for January for wins against Selsey, Lingfield and Lewes

Horsham YMCA’s first game for almost exactly a month ended in a disappointing 3-2 defeat at promotion rivals Littlehampton Town.

Nick Sullivan’s goal on the stroke of half-time saw YM ahead, but three goals in just six second half minutes handed Town the victory despite a late second from Sullivan.

YM boss Peter Buckland said: “We weren’t really at the races but I thought we were on for a smash and grab victory. At 1-0 up I was planning to bring on two defensive players to shut the game out, but before they had the chance to finish their warm up we were 3-1 down after a crazy six minutes.

On a tricky, heavy pitch a largely poor first half ended on a high for YM. Liam Hunter’s defence splitting pass released Sullivan and he rounded the keeper to score from a tight angle.

YM’s top scorer missed a great opening for a 2-0 lead from Dan Evan’s cross straight after the restart.

And YM were punished, starting with a ‘bizarre’ own goal from the unfortunate Adam O’Carrol on 70 minutes. Bradley Lewis then stunned the visitors with a blistering long-range strike, and Dan Simmonds mate it 3-1 on 76 minutes.

Dan Sullivan pulled one back but YM had little time to find a third.

YM at least have the chance to gain instant revenge, they host Littlehampton on Tuesday night in the John O’Hara Cup.