New YM boss waits for first game in charge

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MARK HAWTHORNE was made to wait to take charge of his first game as Horsham YMCA boss after their Brighton Charity Cup tie at Mile Oak was rearranged.

There were rumours that YM had forfeited the match due to a lack of numbers but Hawthorne said: “There were a number of reasons why we got it changed, and with Sammy (Donnelly, previous manager) going we had the option of changing it so we did.

“We’ve not pulled out of the cup, we’re still in it, and because a lot of our youngsters can’t play weekends we thought it would be better rearranging it for a midweek.”

Only two YM players have followed Donnelly to his new club Ringmer so far, Tom Lyons and Brad Curtis, and Hawthorne doesn’t expect any others to leave.

“Only two players out of the whole squad have gone and only one of those was a regular so we’ve still got a very healthy squad of players.

“Starting again from scratch would have been difficult at this stage of the season and Sammy has left the club in a very good position player wise.

“They’re all players I’ve worked with which helps.

“I’m pretty confident we’ll be OK, and I’ll be looking to add one or two of my own players over the forthcoming weeks as well.”

No new date has as yet been set for the fixture.

Hawthorne’s first game at the YM helm will now be Saturday’s home match against Sidley Utd in the league.