Horsham YMCA leave themselves a 'mountain to climb', as Buckland blasts performance but credits deserving Shoreham

Peter Buckland. SR1627534
Peter Buckland. SR1627534

Horsham YMCA manager Peter Buckland blasted his side's peformance but could not begrudge Shoreham a shock victory at Gorings Mead on Saturday.

The Mussels ended a nine-game winless run in the league under new manager Curtis Foster, who was taking charge from the first time since switching from Worthing United last week.

Thomas Johnston’s second-half strike was the difference between the two sides at Gorings Mead in a match that had a distinct lack of quality in the final third.

Second-placed YM controlled the first half although struggled to carve out clear-cut chances, before the visitors, who defended stoutly throughout, grew into the game after the break.

Buckland said: "Just so many of them (players) were average. It was just an awful game and just one of the worst performances I can remember. We have left ourselves a mountain to climb now.

"If I am brutally honest I think Shoreham came into the game with the game with the mindset of not losing. First half they set up with a 4-5-1 and had the lad up top running around chasing things.

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"But as the game progressed, I think they thought, this lot are not up too much today and came at us for the last 20 minutes. We were just not up for it and I said to Ben (Godfrey) on the sidelines, if anyone is going to score here it isn't going to be us.

"They deserved the win to be honest, I can't complain with the result.

"I have seen it coming for weeks and I have said before, when you lose a game not having played as well as you can but worked hard, you move on. When you lose a game like we did Saturday having not performed at all, it's an issue."

The result sees YM slip to third in the table with Newhaven, who won 4-0 at Langney Wanderers, leapfrogging them and leaders Chichester City extending the gap at the top with their 2-0 win at Loxwood.