New Horsham boss criticises ‘dirty’ YM after thrilling cup win

HUGO Langton was critical of what he felt was rough treatment of his Horsham players in last night’s dramatic Sussex Senior Cup win over Horsham YMCA.

In Langton’s first game as caretaker manager since the departure of Justin Luchford, Horsham needed an extra-time penalty from Tony Nwachukwu to eventually end a brave challenge from their landlords YM.

County League YM took a fifth minute lead when Hornets keeper Ken Westoby’s poor pass found Tim Martin to superbly lob Sammy Donnelly’s men ahead.

Callum McGeehan, playing upfront instead of his usual role in defence, swept in a fine leveller from the edge of the area before half time

And in a game littered with chances at either end Williams Peauroux thought he had found Horsham’s winner when he bundled home two minutes from time.

But in the 94th minute ex Hornet Dean Wright headed a dramatic equaliser to force extra-time, and the game was only settled when Nwachukwu was fouled just inside the area and slotted home the spot kick.

YM finished the game with ten men when Matt Crane was sent off for a second booking in a challenge which saw Nwachuwku hobble off injured, and YM were shown a spate of yellow cards for bad challenged towards the end of the game which Langton wasn’t impressed with.

“He was on his way into the box and chopped down just inside the box and where I was I had a better view then their bench,” Langton said of the debatable penalty. “The ref got it right, the linesman got it right, it’s a penalty end of.

“The more the game went on the dirtier they got and they seemed hell-bent on taking out my players and I’ve not got much time for that.”

YM boss Sammy Donnelly though was delighted with the spirit shown by his team. He said: “The whole team were magnificent and hopefully we can take that into Saturday.

“I’m not happy about the result but I’m delighted with the performance, I’m very proud of my players tonight.”