YM Reserves open with three points

The newly formed Horsham YMCA Reserves started their Suburban League campaign with an excellent 2-1 win in Kent away to Corinithian FC.

The team, which has been shaped in just two months took to the impressive surroundings with a squad average age of 22, many of whom are based and live in Horsham .

Corinthian had won their first game 4-2 against Horley Town the week before, and a tough test looked in store, especially after they took the lead on 10 minutes when a misplaced back pass allowed the Corinithian forward a shot which Flack in the YM goal saved but was then pounced on to tap home.

The opening exchanges were well matched with Corinthian looking to muscle their way into the game, but the Horsham side rose to the challenge and out-fought them to get themselves back in it.

Within 5 minutes of the opening goal it was 1-1 when a Dan Vinten corner was whipped in and ex-Holbrook striker Ben Brooker rose quickest at the front post to make the honours even.

Ten minutes before half-time a lovely fast flowing move from YM ended with Brooker again involved and crossing into the box for Ryan Taylor, who laid it back back to Jude Nwachukwu to fired Horsham into the lead at the break.

The second-half saw YM begin to start to control the game and push on with the passing football they had been working on in pre-season.

Corinthian pushed for an equaliser but man of the match, centre back Marc Cobby and the rest of the side defended well as a unit to snuff out any real openings the opposition tried to create and see the new side open with three points.

Manager Paul Cooper said: “I’m pleased with the performance from the lads, this season will be a massive learning curve for the lads on many levels.

“We went into the unknown this evening and the character shown in the first 45 minutes to come back from the goal down and to then kick on was impressive.

“The team all know this side is about preparing them all and improving them as footballers so they are ready to step up into first team football when the time is right.

“It’s a long road ahead though and we look forward to our next challenge at Crowborough away on Saturday.”