‘Injuries not an excuse’, YM boss says

SAMMY Donnelly refused to hide behind his mounting injury problems after a 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Lingfield on Tuesday night compounded a miserable first week back in the County League for Horsham YMCA.

Following Saturday’s opening day defeat to Rye, goals from Dan Oakins and Josh Coulsen in the first-half were followed by four more after the break and to make matters worse the hosts lost two more players to injury.

Striker George Hillier and defender Alf Dean both limped off either side of half-time and are likely to miss Saturday’s FA Cup match at Lancing, adding to the absence of Pat Massaro and Tim Martin.

Donnelly said: “We did start brightly and if we’d have nicked a goal maybe things would have changed but we conceded six goals and every goal was a bad goal.

“We have to re group but I forget the last time I’ve been beaten 6-0 and I’ve been in football a long time. We’ve got more injuries but there’s no point in moaning.”

In an end-to-end opening 20 minutes YM arguably shaded the better chances, George Hillier firing over after determined work from Wade Easton to win possession, Dean Wright with a close-range effort from a corner deflected over and Ashley Dugdale testing visiting keeper Rob O’Hara from a free kick from the right.

But Lingfield scored two before half-time and with the two injuries to contend with YM could have lost by more with defending Donnelly labelled “dreadful”.