JOHN CUMBERBATCH was left to question the desire of his Horsham YMCA side as they went down 2-0 to Dulwich Hamlet in a dismal match at Gorings Mead on Saturday.
The hosts paid the price for a dreadful start which saw Nyren Clunis waltz through the defence and score on six minutes, before Rob Gradwell stooped to double Dulwich’s lead on 23 minutes with a header from a free kick.
Cumberbatch’s men did improve after half-time, but Tony Reid’s header against the crossbar was as close as they came to getting back into the match as YM suffered their 25th league defeat of the season.
Cumberbatch said: “There was no real desire out there today and no one was concentrating. I can’t really understand it either, because before going out we spoke about the fact that they are a very good side and that they are on a very, very good run.
“Quite a few of our players have got connections with Dulwich, and even those who haven’t played there know quite a lot of their players. Therefore, it was one of those games where we felt we shouldn’t need lifting, but we went out there and we were poor.
“I felt as if we played with no desire and as if we didn’t really care about the result or what we were doing. We just weren’t at the races.”
Relegation now seems a certainty with YM 12 points adrift at the foot of the table.