Horsham YMCA notched up a 3-2 win at Little Common in the Premier Division on Saturday in a game 'played in farcical conditions' according to boss Peter Buckland.
A strong wind played its part as YM raced into a 3-0 lead inside half-an-hour thanks to Dean Bown, a Ryan Alexander own goal, and Tom Gilbert.
The hosts pegged YMCA back through Lewis Hole and Russell Eldridge but the Gorings Mead-outfit held on to claim a third win in a row.
The result saw YM move three points behind second-placed Newhaven going into Tuesday’s trip to Loxwood.
Buckland said: “We picked up the three points but it was played in farcical conditions.
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“I know it’s the same for both sides but all five goals were a result from mistakes from the wind.
“I felt for their lad. He’s trying to clear the ball, it turns all of a sudden in the wind and it ends up straight in the back of his own net.
"It really was a bizarre afternoon. Aaron (Jeal) was taking goal kicks and the ball was ending up back in his arms.
“If I’m honest there was no football played whatsoever. It was a complete farce and I was just grateful to get out of there with the three points.”
Kicking with the strong wind, Bown rose unmarked to head home after just two minutes.
YM went two-up on 25 minutes as Alexander’s sliced clearance was carried past ‘keeper Matt Cruttwell.
Gilbert made it 3-0 two minutes later as he hooked home at the back post from a corner.
The hosts rallied as Hole struck to make it 3-1 before Eldridge reduced the deficit further through his spot-kick a minute before the break.
The second period saw Common kicking with the wind and they tried to exploit this by playing long balls into the area.
YM countered by playing five across the back but Common almost found an equaliser at the death.
Wesley Tate’s well saved flick fell to Jamie Crone but his finish from the rebound was ruled out for offside.
YMCA travel to Loxwood on Tuesday evening (7:45pm k.o.) before they host Arundel on Saturday.
Horsham YMCA: Jeal, Carden, Harding, Gilbert (Hunt 79), Mobsby, Gedling, Nwachukwu (Frankland 58), Barbary, Bown, Ryder (Eales 58), Evans. Unused: Pavlovic, Donaldson.