Horsham YMCA manager Peter Buckland was delighted with their 2-1 victory at third-from-bottom Hailsham Town on Tuesday night.
An already depleted YM due to injuries, lost captain Ash Dugdale in the warm-up after the long difficult trip down to East Sussex.
Buckland asked for a tight performance from his side to dig in and hit their opponents on the break.
And that’s exactly what YM provided to keep up their pursuit of a top-six finish.
Dave Brown rounded the goalkeeper on 30 minutes to finish after the visitors broke at pace.
And Dan Sullivan made sure of the points with 20 minutes left from the penalty spot as Sam Schaaf was clattered into from behind in the area.
We stuck to the game plan very, very well on a sticky pitch.Peter Buckland
A hardworking Hailsham did net a late consolation which was a goal-of-the-season contender through a 30-yard Jack Divall screamer.
Buckland said: “Under the circumstances, it was a good win on a Tuesday night away at Hailsham.
“It’s pretty self explanatory that trip down there midweek with people finishing work at 4pm.
“I was minus four or five of my normal first 11 so we went down there with a very cautious approach.
“We went a bit last-minute.com and set up in a 4-5-1 and tried to hit them on break and stay in the game with Dave Brown up top as he is a pest.
“We stuck to the game plan very, very well on a sticky pitch.
“The result was never really in doubt and I am really pleased considering the circumstances.
“I am always surprised by the strength in depth in this league. Hailsham are third from bottom and they aren’t that bad.
“I am determined to finish in the top-six, it’s still a disastrous season after the yard-stick we set last season, but it’s not too bad from where we have been this year.”