Goals from Tony Nwachukwu and Jaufrey Mahadoo saw Horsham beat Horsham YMCA 2-0 in their annual pre-season friendly at Gorings Mead.
Simon Colbran’s Hornets took an early lead in the Tuesday night fixture when winger Nwachukwu expertly lobbed in after seven minutes.
In a game not littered with chances Horsham had to wait until the 72nd minute for their second, Nwachukwu this time turning provider with an excellent run and pass for Mahadoo to turn in his first goal in amber and yellow.
Horsham did keep the ball well in spells, but perhaps most pleasing was a number of good performances from the bench with Mahadoo, Martin Mutungi, youngster Jamie Ampleford and Muthun Nayee all looking lively after coming on, although Nayee hobbled off with an injury which Colbran says ‘doesn’t look good’.
Other then the win over Steyning with a youth team it was Horsham’s first pre-season friendly win, although the result was of least concern to manager Colbran. He said: “It’s friendlies, win, lose or draw, as long as you get something out of them that’s the main thing and the players are getting their match fitness.
“You work on different formations, get different partnerships going on different places on the pitch, and as long as you do that in friendlies then it’s good and that’s what we have been doing.
“It’s about getting right for that first league game.”
County League YM were far from overshadowed over the 90 minutes despite being without a number of key players and spurned a couple of excellent chances to get on the scoresheet.
Manager Peter Buckland said he would be culling the squad down to 18 straight after the game having made some ‘difficult decisions’ and was largely happy with his team’s display.
“It was what it was, a friendly,” he said. “The main difference better the two sides was the finishing as you could see.
“We had probably nearly as much possession as them and three clear-cut chances and didn’t take one, they had a couple and took both of them.
“I can wait for form but I can’t wait for goals, that’s something I’ll have to address because there were two one-on-ones for our forwards and we didn’t score either of them.”
Horsham and YM could well meet again competitively later this month in the FA Cup (August 25) if YM win their Extra Preliminary match against Raynes Park Vale on August 11.