‘Shocking’ decision costs YM the perfect start

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Report by Tom Norris

Horsham YMCA will feel aggrieved not to have made it two wins out of two in their start to the new County League season as they were denied all three points away at East Grinstead Town on Tuesday evening.

Lee Smith gave YM the lead with a neat finish midway through the first half, and in a game of few chances there was late controversy when referee Tim Hatt allowed a Wasps equaliser ten minutes from time despite his assistant’s flag being raised as it finished 1-1.

A frustrated YM manager Peter Buckland said, “Having gotten so close to the perfect smash and grab, it leaves a bit of sour taste in the mouth that we were cheated for their equaliser.

“The linesman flagged, kept his flag up, and their player was offside in the first phase of play. Then they went into the second phase of play, and for some reason he put his flag down, they scored, and the ref gave the goal. It was a shocking decision.”

Harry Lowe and Tim Martin made way for the return of defender Matt Crane from holiday and Kev Burgess from injury, as Buckland’s side produced a defensively astute performance.

The YM boss added, “We matched them all over the park, and I thought we played the offside trap really well...in the end it was a fair result.

This Saturday YM go to Raynes Park Vale in the FA Cup. YM’s Reserves also beat Midhurst and Easebourne 6-2 in a home friendly on Tuesday.

YM (4-4-2): Lockwood, Gardner, Hartt, Crane, Stillwell, Sullivan, Burgess, Hunter (Martin), Dugdale (c), Smith, Wright (Hyett)