New players impress Luchford in friendly loss

HORSHAM boss Justin Luchford said there were plenty of positives from last night’s friendly with Farnborough.

Against a strong Blue Square South Boro outfit, Luchford’s Hornets took the lead three times and led at the break, before a string of changes disrupted their flow and the hosts ran in five in the second half to finish 7-3 winners.

There were goals for Tommy Murphy, Kane Rice and Callum Dunn but disappointment for young defender Max Coleman, who had to be withdrawn after dislocating his shoulder.

Luchford said: “We were playing a full-time outfit and took the lead three times and got to the break 3-2 up so there’s certainly positives to take.

“At times in the first half we were unplayable, however it was difficult because I had two or three who had never seen each other before playing alongside each other.

“(Goalkeeper) Ken Westoby mad some great saves to keep us in the game first half, it was a fairly open game, some good football from good sides and in the first half there wasn’t much to tell us apart and the two goals we conceded came from errors.

“But on the whole it was pleasing because some of the players I wanted to see impressed me, but we made nine or ten changes in the second half so it was always going to be difficult.

“All in all it was a good match on a great pitch. I got what I wanted, the areas I thought we need to strengthen proved to be right.”

Luchford is still working hard to make some official signings after youngsters Tony Nwachukwu and Adam Hutchings officially signed terms this week.

Also included in last night’s game was Dean Carden, Yinka Salaam, Ryan Woodford, Shane Graham and striker Dane Luchford, Justin’s brother who set up two of last night’s goals.

“Dane did well playing as a lone striker, which is not his preferred position but he set up two goals. He still has opportunities to go elsewhere so we’ll have to wait and see on that one.”

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