Horsham YMCA recorded back-to-back wins for the first time since the start of November with a comfortable 7-0 victory over bottom of the table Selsey on Saturday.
Striker Nick Sullivan bagged a first-half brace either side of a Adam O’Carroll strike, before strikes after the break from Anthony Hibbert, Dave Brown, Dan Sullivan and Josh Brown completed the rout against a Blues side still without a win in the league.
YM coach Lyndon Buckwell said: “We did what we had to do really. It wasn’t ideal conditions, but the players worked hard and created some good chances.
“Selsey are not the greatest side, but they had a bit of spirit for a young team and they worked hard and made it difficult for us.
“I think we’ve got to be happy with the result. The days are gone at this level where you win 10 or 15-0, so I thought that we did really well.
“Once you know that the game is won, it is hard to carry on going, and so to score a couple of goals in the last few minutes just shows that we never gave up.”
The hosts made the perfect start when top goalscorer Nick Sullivan fired them ahead after just 20 seconds straight from the kick-off as he coolly poked home from 12 yards.
Four minutes later, YM had doubled their advantage as a short Dan Evans corner picked out Luke Gedling and when his cross found O’Carroll just inside the area, the defender volleyed into the corner to mark his first goal since re-joining the club.
Just after the quarter-hour mark, a low Dave Brown free-kick was parried by Selsey goalkeeper Kieran Gilbert, and despite reacting superbly to save the follow up from Sullivan, he could not thwart the YM striker from firing home at the second time of asking.
YM notched a further four goals without reply during an equally one-sided second period. They added a fourth when Hibbert slammed home from close range ten minutes after the restart.
YM skipper Dave Brown joined the list of goalscorers 23 minutes from time, lashing home an unstoppable volley to make it 5-0.
Dan Sullivan netted his second goal in as many games when he side-footed home a Dean Carden cut-back from close range, before Josh Brown helped namesake Dave’s effort over the line from a few yards.