HORSHAM YMCA manager John Cumberbatch was left thanking the heavens after Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Chipstead.
Already relegated YM draw 2-2 with the mid table Chips in a game marked by some comical defending.
Midfielder Zak Henry was on hand to fire home a well taken finish from Michael Abnett’s ball across goal as YM went in front. But soon after a gaping hole opened in the YM defence and striker Kofi Quartey was on hand to round the ‘keeper and slot home to level the scores. Then, just minutes later, the visitors turned the game on its head and took the lead for the first time. A long ball forward caused chaos and keeper Fox collided with full-back Daryl Plummer to leave Quartey the simplest of tap-ins for his second of the game.
The Chips lead was short lived as YM levelled the scores just moments later with possibly the most bizarre incident of the afternoon. Centre back Hugh Samuels punted a long free kick forwards from inside his own half, Chipstead ‘keeper Martin Grant looked to have it covered until he inexplicably tripped over his own feet, allowing the ball to sail over his head and into the net.
Chipstead might have gone on to win, but Cumberbatch was grateful for their wayward strikeforce, who had 12 efforts miss the target.
”On reflection, they will feel that they probably should have won it, but my view is that in the first half we were a better side than them,” Cumberbatch remarked. “I don’t think that we dominated as much as we did last week, but I felt that at the end of the game we had two or three chances where we should have scored.
“They had quite a few chances in the second half that they should have put away and I have thought to myself, thank God their strikers are similar to ours and have missed a lot.”