YMCA edge out Newhaven after a thrilling first half
Peter Buckland’s side found themselves behind after just five minutes when the Dockers’ Lee Robinson made the most of a woeful officiating decision to curl home despite picking the ball up in an offside position.
He was freed yards offside, but when the assistant referee failed to raise his flag, the YM defence were left to watch the midfielder curl the ball home.
Boss Peter Buckland was dismissed from the dugout for his remonstrations, but watched from the stands as striker Phil Gault opened his YM account to make it 1-1 four minutes later. The scores didn’t remain level for long, as less than 60 seconds later, the hosts retook the lead.
YM goalkeeper Simon Lockwood failed to hold onto a Newhaven and dropped the ball into the path of Ian Robinson, who squared for Craig Bunch to tap home.
The frenetic nature of the first half continued as YM equalised again eight minutes later as Dan Sullivan’s cross was turned into the net by defender Scott Edwards.
They completed the turnaround on the half-hour mark when Dave Brown netted what turned out to be the winner after pressing a defender and intercepting a back-pass.
YM dominated a far less eventful second period, and should have extended their advantage with some good opportunities, whilst the hosts failed to record a single shot on target during the half.
Buckland said: “It was hard work today, but it’s three points. If I was fully stacked, I would have expected to have come away with a comfortable win, but we only had thirteen players available.
“We had to start Phil Gault, who should never have started, but we had no other forward available. I think we made hard work of it for ourselves in front of goal again. If we had scored that fourth goal in the second half, which we deserved, it would have been that bit more relaxed.”