Suburban League: Southern Division
| Crowborough Athletic 2 |
|| Horsham YMCA 3 |
25th August2012 Location:
Crowborough Community Stadium
Horsham YMCA Reserves made it two away wins from two in their start to the Suburban League campaign, with another good team performance away at Crowborough Athletic.
YM started the brighter of the two sides and consistently looked to put the Crows defence under pressure in the first twenty minutes, although a resolute home back line kept them out.
And just after the half hour mark, it was the hosts who had the best chance to open the scoring, when a penalty was awarded after a Borough striker was brought down in the box. Elliott Flack in the YM goal stood firm though, getting down well to his left to save the spot kick and then smother it to keep the scores level.
Crowborough then began to edge themselves into the game, and they took the lead eight minutes later with a good finish from striker Morgan Steadman. But within sixty seconds YM had equalised, as straight from the kick off, a barnstorming run from Jude Nwachukwu saw him beat his full back, before laying an excellent ball back for the well positioned Hass Shurmahi to fire home his first goal for the club, and send the sides into the break all square.
The visitors then made the perfect start to the second half, taking the lead three minutes in. A sublime ball from centre midfielder Russell Curtis found striker Ben Brooker, who, still with work to do, took his chance well and finished coolly.
Those who came to watch the game were then assured of their money's worth, as two minutes later the score line was again level, a mix up between Flack and Marc Cobby in the YM defence leading to an own goal.
But YM fought back to seal all three points when Brooker and Curtis combined again, the former this time returning the favour with a fine lay off in the box for Curtis, who powered his shot into the far corner.
And Paul Cooper's side could have extended their lead late on, as substitute Charlie Abrehart hit the crossbar from a well struck shot and Tim Martin also went close when well placed.
Flack, Gardner, Lovett, Curtis, Cobby, Sleat (c), Martin, Skett (Abrehart), Brooker (Taylor), Shurmahi, Nwachukwu (Trussler)
Man of the Match:
Hass Shurmahi for his industrious work rate and effort.