HORSHAM YMCA overcame a crippling injury and suspension crisis to record a gritty 2-1 win at Redhill on Saturday.
YM were only able to name two substitutes, one of whom, Lewis Scally, is suffering from a hamstring injury, and while manager Sammy Donnelly admitted he was embarrassed at the situation which might have resulted in no substitutes at all, he saluted the all round team display.
He said: “It was a complete team effort. We were absolutely desperate for players and they all helped each other out. It was a very professional performance against a Redhill side pushing to win the league.
“We are struggling. It could have been that we didn’t have any substutites. I am really embarrassed to be in that position, I have never had it before in my career.
“Perhaps that is what made the team gel, we knew we were up against it and we came away with the win, we knew we had to be a team. But I was really upset about the situation before the game.”
YM put themselves in charge in the opening 15 minutes with goals from George Hillier and Dean Wright. For the opener Dan Sullivan found Nick Sullivan and his mazy run and shot came back off the post for Hillier to pounce on the rebound. And five minutes later, Wright doubled the lead when he converted Hillier’s cross.
Redhill pulled one back from an 85th minute free kick but were unable to find a leveller.
See Thursday’s County Times for full report.