Stalemate sees ten-man YM continue unbeaten start

Dan Sullivan playing against Hassocks
Dan Sullivan playing against Hassocks

Horsham YMCA recorded their third draw in four league games as they tied 0-0 away at East Grinstead Town, despite playing most of the second half with ten men.

YM striker Craig Grantham was dismissed just 34 seconds after the break for a second bookable offence, although that didn’t seem to deter the visitors, who more than held their own with the one man disadvantage.

YM manager Peter Buckland said: “People will probably look at the game and see we played pretty much the whole of the second half with ten men and so will think that we have done well to get a point, but I am extremely disappointed that we didn’t kill the game off.

“We looked very lethargic. It was a typical Bank Holiday Monday, early kick off type of game. We were missing players and so it wasn’t an ideal starting eleven, but even so, we just weren’t aggressive enough going forward.”

Despite missing several key names, YM were just about the better side over the 90 minutes, although neither team regularly threatened the oppositions’ goal.

Dan Sullivan bent a free kick just over the Wasps’ crossbar early on, before full-back Dan Evans fired well off target after a neat move involving Grantham, Liam Hunter and the returning Dave Brown.

Front man Grantham was then sent off just after the restart, allowing the hosts to come into the game a little more than they had done in the first period.

Wasps’ wide man Carlo Castrechino raced to the by-line before crossing for Sam Schaaf, but the striker could only head wide.

YM’s Hunter then fired a tame free kick straight at Mark Fox in the Grinstead goal, before no one in a white shirt gambled on substitute Lee Wood’s inviting cut back across the hosts’ six yard box moments later.

Castrechino then had a low shot for the home side just about fumbled to safety by YM stopper Sam Smith, before Wood fired wide of the near post when through on goal at the opposite end.

Grinstead midfielder John Sinclair almost won it for the Wasps with a minute of normal time to play, but YM were saved by the woodwork, as his shot ricocheted off both posts, before dropping to safety.

YM (4-4-2): S. Smith, Sullivan, O’Carroll, Dugdale, Evans, Salim (Wood 54), Hunter, R. Curtis (Gannon 76), D. Brown, Symons (M. Smith 76), Grantham.