‘Luck didn’t come into it,’ says Cumberbatch

HORSHAM YMCA manager John Cumberbatch has shrugged off suggestions his side were fortunate to escape Tuesday night’s trip to Dulwich Hamlet with a 1-1 draw.

Tony Reid headed YM into the lead just before half-time but the hosts levelled on 54 minutes and put the visiting defence under sustained pressure, rattling the crossbar in the dying minutes having also struck the woodwork in the first half.

But Cumberbatch said: “I don’t like putting much down to luck or bad luck in any situation. I think they could have scored more, they hit the post and crossbar in the second half but as I regularly say hitting the post or crossbar is not scoring.

“I also felt the referee, who is normally very good let them get away with far too much.”

Cumberbatch was unhappy that a foul on Daryl Plummer as he burst through towards goal saw Dulwich centre back Francis Duku escape punishment when he thought it was at least a booking and for what he labelled the “man handling” of his forward Gavin Gordon.

“Having said that Dulwich are a very good side who are on a good run of form at the moment but I thought all our back four did very well.

“Glen Woodburn had a true captain’s game and the defence were under pressure as they have been in every game, but whereas on occasion they have capitulated they stayed strong.”

YM remain at the foot of the Ryman South, five points behind second bottom Whyteleafe but with the chance to gain ground this Saturday when they host third from bottom Corinthian Casuals at Gorings Mead.