Horsham YMCA extended their unbeaten league run to eight games and moved up to 11th in the Division 1 table with a comfortable 5-0 win away at AFC Uckfield on Saturday.
Peter Buckland’s side made light work of the Oaks, recording their third win in four games and building confidence ahead of two tough fixtures with East Preston and St Francis Rangers this coming week.
Boss Buckland said: “It was a comfortable enough win, but it should have been if I’m being honest.
“I’ve been in football a long time, and I just had to remind the players that at some point during the season someone will come a cropper away at one of the bottom sides.
“I said to them that it wasn’t going to be us, because we have too much about us for that.
“We don’t ridicule anyone and we don’t take the mickey, we just do what we do best and get on with it.”
Defender Matt Crane put the visitors ahead after just five minutes, before Leroy Hyett netted his 11th goal in eight games to double their advantage with less than a quarter of an hour played.
Despite their dominance, YM didn’t add to their tally until midway through the second period, Martin Smith firing home to make it 3-0.
Chris Williams added a fourth three minutes later, before skipper Ashley Dugdale completed the rout in injury time.
YM will undoubtedly face much tougher tests in their next two fixtures, against title chasing East Preston at home on Tuesday evening, before St Francis Rangers visit Gorings Mead next Saturday.
YM (4-4-2): P. Williams, Sullivan, Burgess (O’Carroll 55), Crane, Evans, Findlay, Curtis, Dugdale, Ramsey (Hunter 65), Hyett (C. Williams 50), Smith.