Nick Sullivan hit a hat-trick as Horsham YMCA stretched their unbeaten run to three games as they beat bottom of the table Selsey 5-1 on Saturday.
After an assorted start to the campaign, Peter Buckland’s side are finally finding their feet and their goal scoring form of last year, with Saturday’s win marking the third time they have notched five or more goals in a fixture already this season.
Boss Buckland commented: “It was a good win. 5-1 away from home, securing three points, I’ve got to be happy. Selsey are not as bad as the league table tells you, as is always often the case. They’ve got a good, young squad and a good work ethic and as the season goes on they’ll be OK, I’m convinced of that.
“We had to work for the three points. We had a good start and were 3-0 up after thirty-odd minutes, but then they started to get a foot hold in the game and shut us out a bit.
“It should have been a clean sheet and we should have had six or seven, but you can’t be too greedy. It’s moved us well up the table, but it’s just a shame we didn’t beat Lancing on Wednesday as we’d be sitting in third place now.”
YM made the perfect start, finding themselves 2-0 up inside the opening ten minutes of the first half. Nick Sullivan netted for the second game running after just five minutes before skipper Ash Dugdale doubled the visitors’ advantage shortly after.
Striker Sullivan added his second and YM’s third ten minutes before the break, before Dugdale bagged his brace shortly after the restart.
Selsey grabbed a consolation through Shaun Jenkins midway through the second half, before Sullivan completed the rout and his hatrick from the penalty spot in added time.
Buckland concluded: “The only downside is the injuries as ever. Dean Carden has suffered a broken wrist and will be out indefinitely. We also had to take Gaulty [Phil Gault] off just after half time with a whack on his knee, but I think he’ll be alright for Tuesday.
“His [Gault’s] link up play was fantastic though. He made the first three goals with his pivotal play in the middle up top. I look at him sometimes and think he’s a bit pedestrian, but he doesn’t need to run his guts out because he’s got an intelligent head on his shoulders. He linked the play up beautifully.
“With Dean’s injury and Gaulty also coming off, the second half was a bit fragmented, but we still managed to get another couple of goals and conceded one silly one, but I can forgive the players for that.”
YM (4-4-2): Lockwood, D.Sullivan, Carden (J.Brown 30), Crane, Evans, D.Brown, Gedling, Dugdale, Hunter, Gault (Jordan 55), N.Sullivan.