Potter felt Horsham YMCA didn’t do themselves justice in FA Vase

Horsham YMCA assistant manager Dean Potter
Horsham YMCA assistant manager Dean Potter

Dean Potter felt Horsham YMCA did not do themselves justice as they crashed out of the FA Vase.

The Gorings Mead outfit were hoping to match their best-ever run in the prestigious competition, by making the last 32.

But assistant manager was left to bemoan gifting away sloppy goals and an uncharacteristic slow display in their 3-0 home defeat to Buckland Athletic.

Potter said: “To be honest, we have not turned up. I think they did the basics well and we have given two sloppy goals away.

“We have given a penalty away and have saved it. When you look at it we could have lost the game by a lot more, but I think first half we were toothless.

“We had a lot of possession in our own half, but did not really make their goalkeeper make any saves. It was disappointing, but we got in at half-time and changed the formation.

“I think second half, for the first ten or 15 minutes we had two or three really good chances. If we had nicked one back there it might have been a different game.

“They then broke away in a counter-attack, got the third goal and that killed it off. I give credit to them, they have come here after a long journey and done what they have had to do.

“We are just a bit miffed we have not turned up. It was a big game and we have not done ourselves credit, which is the disappointing thing.”

Despite making a 376-mile round trip - of which the return leg was severely delayed after their coach broke down at YM after the game - the Devon-based side put in a sterling shift at the back and took their chances at the other end.

Potter added: “It was not one or two that had an off day, it was nine or ten and when you have that, you are always going to struggle to get a result.

“They defended well, but for me, we caused out own problems. The free-kick was a great free-kick and no keeper is saving that, but it has come from our error. The goals we conceded, they have not earnt the right to score them, we have them those goals.

“I said at half-time, if we are going out then let’s go our with a fight and for the first ten or 15 minutes of the second half, we pressed them high and had two or three really good chances.

“If we had got back to 2-1 then it’s game on again, but the third killed us. It’s just disappointing as it’s the FA Vase, it’s a good competition.”

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