HORSHAM YMCA manager John Cumberbatch says he believes there is cause for optimism, despite watching his new side being thrashed 6-1 on Monday by Whitehawk.
Boasting six new faces in the starting XI, brought in via Cumberbatch’s contacts in Kent and London, YM were comprehensively outplayed for long spells by a Whitehawk side which is possibly capable of challenging for honours in the Ryman Premier, let alone Division 1 South.
Goals from Jerahl Hughes, Wes Tate (two each), Josh Jones, and Paul Armstrong led to the one sided scoreline, but there were flashes of encouragement for the former Ashford Town manager, for whom Gavin Gordon scored a consolation.
“We had to treat this game almost as an exercise.
“It’s nice when people say ‘you will be ok’ after a game, which we could take more if it was 2-1 or 3-1, we have to look at some of the mistakes and I think there are no excuses. There were certain errors which have nothing to do with being part of a new team.
“On a positive side, you could see some of the way we want to play was coming out and I feel confident that we can get one or two other players to push that on.”