Richard Midadje could ‘only but commend’ Billingshurst’s performance despite losing 2-0 at home to Selsey in Division 1 on Saturday.
Goals in each half from Jordan Warren secured victory for the visitors as sub Derrick Kaboggozza saw red.
Midadje said: “Saturday’s game was a case of a threadbare team chosen to face a strong side due to player’s ill-discipline and discontent, to which their frustrations have been aimed at myself.
“The side I put out, to only lose 2-0 to a strong Selsey by two silly errors, I can only but commend their efforts.”
Warren opened the scoring on 15 minutes after breaking clear and prodding past ‘Hurst keeper Martin Hopkins.
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On the stroke of half-time Ryan Morey thought he made it two but, after consultation between the officials, the goal was ruled out despite initially having been given.
Two minutes into the second-half and Warren doubled the advantage as he volleyed home from a Callum Dowdell corner.
Kaboggozza was then sent-off on 74 minutes after a poor tackle on Tom Atkinson.
‘Hurst’s search for their first win under Midadje continues as they host AFC Varndeanians on Saturday.
‘Hurst: Hopkins, Bradshaw, Collier, Sleat, Luzinda, Bowles, Bichard, Mahadoo, Hands, Tilley, Bryant. Subs: Kaboggozza, Midadje.