Horsham YMCA bounce back from league defeat to progress in FA Vase

Horsham YM bounced back from their league defeat the previous Tuesday with a strong win to sail through to the next round of the FA Vase with two goals in each half against Arundel at Gorings Mead last Saturday.

Sunday, 20th September 2020, 12:58 pm
Action from Saturday's game. Picture by Tim Hewlett

Arundel had the first shot on goal, but Jack Newhouse corkscrewed well wide, a portent of things to come from the visitors. Then, Charlie Gee signified his intentions with a powerful shot that whistled just past the far post, but YM did not have long to wait to take the lead – 2 minutes later a pinpoint cross enabled Charlie Maguire to sidefoot home.

After an Arundel corner was safely negotiated, an exceptionally high YM ball was not properly cleared and it came out to Charlie Gee, who fired in impressively just before the half hour mark. Arundel responded, but YM were defending tightly, three free kicks in quick succession coming to nothing, as did a shot straight to YM keeper Aaron Jeal.

In the dying moments of the first half Arundel’s Dan Gibbs was carried off with a nasty looking knee injury, YM going into the break with a two goal cushion

The second half began with a clash between two Arundel players, with Jordan Dudas also sustaining a damaged knee. YM, though were showing no mercy, but Gee’s curler was safely gathered by Lewis Boughton in the Arundel goal, swiftly followed by the visitors missing out on a golden opportunity, the YM goal was open, but the ball was blasted into Gorings Mead.

Gee was then set free to supply Adrian Todd, whose header could only be palmed away. However, recently signed Gee soon capitalised when he collected a through ball and cleared the keeper with an excellent goal, his third in two games. And, a minute later – mid way through the half – Todd headed in an accurate cross from the right for YM’s fourth.

YM launched more attacks, Boughton fumbling a Gee close range strike, and although Arundel had a late free kick and corner, they had never looked likely to seriously trouble YM

Speaking after YM’s confidence- boosting clean sheet win, Assistant Manager Ryan King told the County Times: “That was just what we needed! We changed our format today, were much tighter at the back and converted our chances. Charlie Gee had another excellent game and is earning great respect at the club.”

Gee added: “We really clicked as a unit today – it was a great game for us. I was hoping for a hat trick, but I really enjoyed it!”