YM fire out County League warning

Horsham YMCA manager Peter Buckland
Horsham YMCA manager Peter Buckland

Horsham YMCA manager Peter Buckland fired out a warning after new-signing Elliott Romain helped inspire a 5-0 thumping of Hassocks on Tuesday night.

Romain, an arrival from Ryman Division 1 South new-boys Three Bridges, produced a fine debut display to help his new side produce their best performance of the season so far at home to in-form Hassocks.

Following on from where they left off in their 3-0 win over Sidley United on Saturday, the hosts smashed five past a Robins outfit who were previously unbeaten in six league outings, making it two wins in the space of four days.

And Romain, who manager Peter Buckland signed from Three Bridges over the weekend, showed no signs of having played little football of late, scoring and already looking to have formed what could be a deadly partnership alongside Martin Smith up front.

Buckland said: “We stepped it up a level tonight, but as good as we were, there were still one or two flaws in our game. We’ve got a good squad together now, and there aren’t many teams in this league that are going to be able to live with our forwards now - we’ve got so much pace up top.

“I’ve got to be a bit bullish and say that I just can’t see how we cannot beat Pgham on Saturday, so long as we can maintain tonight’s level of performance.”

Defender Matt Crane headed home a Dan Sullivan corner to open the scoring midway through the first forty-five, before Smith poked home his fifth goal of the campaign on the half hour mark.

Romain then showed his skill with a fine first touch and finish to make it 3-0 just before the break, with the Robins failing to even find a first half shot on target.

The hosts’ Liam Hunter then sneaked his well taken free kick in at the near post to make it 4-0 eight minutes after the restart, before Scott Wason fired wide when well placed and YM’s Peter Tarrant was denied a stone wall spot kick by referee Michael Lowe.

All was forgotten however, as Smith capitalised on a goalkeeping howler from the visitors’ Jack Simpson to grab his second of the night, and complete the rout for a resilient YM with quarter of an hour left to play.

“I am absolutely over the moon,” Buckland added. “I asked for twelve points from our next four league games before Saturday, and well, there’s six of them so far!

“Hassocks were the in-form side, and they didn’t know what hit them tonight. They didn’t lay down and die by any means, and they came at us constantly, but we just took them apart all over the pitch.”