Clean sheets please Horsham YMCA boss with goals not far away

Football:  Horsham YMCA v Loxwood (double). Pic Steve Robards  SR1702981 SUS-170219-224100001
Football: Horsham YMCA v Loxwood (double). Pic Steve Robards SR1702981 SUS-170219-224100001

Horsham YMCA manager Peter Buckland is pleased his side have stopped conceding and is sure that the goals are not far away from flowing again.

YM drew 0-0 for the second successive game on Tuesday night as they were held to a scoreless draw by Eastbourne United at home.

The Gorings Mead outfit had been focussed on cutting out sloppy goals of late and managed to shut out their opponents on both occasions.

Buckland felt it was definitely two points dropped on Tuesday night as Sam Schaaf put over the bar, Guy Harding’s header skimmed the post, Phil Johnson was denied in a one-on-one chance and Dave Brown put wide, all in the second half.

The YM boss said: “If there is such a thing as a good 0-0, then it was, although we really, really should have had all three points.

“The focus of late, from where we were in terms of shipping goals, meant I picked a team against Loxwood and then against Eastbourne United mindful of that and keeping men behind the ball. It has built up our confidence and to keep a couple of clean sheets is pleasing. We have achieved that, but now they are not going in at the other end.

“Saturday was the right result, but on Tuesday we got forward a lot more and poor Sam Schaaf it was not going for him - he had a couple that normally fly in if you are 4-0 up.

“It really should have been three points. I am sure the goals will come again, it happens all the time at all levels of football. Sam is still creating lots and getting in the right positions, they will come.”

Injured duo Luke Gedling and Tom Gilbert are set to play for YM’s under-21s this week ahead of imminent returns.

Buckland added: “We still have 13 games to get on a run, but it has been a very tough league this season.”