Satisfied Sammy relishes victory

YM MANAGER Sammy Donnelly was delighted with the contribution of former Crawley Down striker Nick Sullivan who scored two goals for his new team to help set-up their second successive away victory, beating Shoreham 4-2.

The Gorings Mead club raced to a 3-0 lead with only half an hour gone after Sullivan gave them a fifth minute opener.

Dean Wright scored their second five minutes later before Sullivan added their third in fine style.

Shoreham pulled one back through an own goal accidentally passed back into his own net by Jahmahl King and came back to 3-2 through a 62nd minute effort put away by Robert Boddy.

Another new signing who has joined from Three Bridges, Dan Smith, killed off Shoreham’s fightback by adding a fourth goal on the rebound off the keeper with five minutes to go.

Donnelly said: “We got the three points which is important after the 2-0 win at Sidley the week before.

“We had Tom Stillwell (Sussex Under-18s duty) and George Hillier (suspended) missing but started off brightly with three goals which involved Lewis Scally, Brad Curtis and Jahmahl King and we saw some good finishes by Nick Sullivan and Dean Wright.

“Nick and Dean had a very good understanding and led the front line well and Simon Lockwood pulled off a World class save in the first half.

“You have to give credit to the opposition who did well too. There were periods of the game when they dominated and we could have done better. But overall it was a good display by the whole team.

“If we work hard for each other and can apply ourselves we can win more matches.”

It was the last game at the club for player/assistant manager Simon Funnell before he left to become manager of YM’s rivals East Grinstead.

The switch means former Brighton & Hove Albion player Funnell will be separated from his long-term boss he has served for many years at different clubs.

Donnelly said: “Simon goes with my blessing. He has played for me for 11 years and has played at a high level so he will have learnt a lot which can help him as a manager.

“To manage at any level is difficult. You have to be more of a man-manager. Time will tell but I’m sure he has the attributes to manage and if he needs my help, he knows where I am - I have told him not to hesitate to get in touch if he needs my advice.”

Player/coach Mark Hawthorne is stepping up to replace Funnell as Donnelly’s new assistant.

YMCA: Lockwood, D Sullivan, Crane, King, Scully (Martin 80), Curtis, Wood (Burns 70), Wright, N Sullivan, Dugdale, Hunter (D Smith 75). Unused subs: Funnell, Hawthorne x