Blues relieved to pick up first point

Selsey finally got their first point of the 2014-15 season   Picture by Chris Hatton
Selsey finally got their first point of the 2014-15 season Picture by Chris Hatton
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Selsey’s poor run continued with their eighth successive defeat at the hands of Horsham YMCA – but there was relief as they got off the mark with a point at home to Broadbridge Heath.

Selsey 1 Horsham YMCA 5

Sussex League division one

The game was very open from the kick-off and Horsham were in the lead after five minutes. A smart counter-attack left the defence exposed and the ball was played into Nick Sullivan, who remained calm – clipping the ball over the onrushing Lewis Boughton and then poking home into the unguarded net.

Horsham were two up soon after as a superb cross from Phil Gault on the right was nodded home by Ash Dugdale.

Selsey began to find their feet and should have had a goal for their efforts. A whipped ball in from Jenkins, who seemed to be Selsey’s main outlet, found Mark Thompson unmarked six yards out – but he headed over.

Selsey were punished for not taking that chance as Horsham duly went up the other end and Dave Brown cut inside from the right and his shot squirmed under keeper Boughton.

It was four soon after the break when a long diagonal ball was knocked down and smashed home by Dugdale from the edge of the area.

To their credit, Selsey kept attacking and were almost rewarded when a smart turn and shot on the edge of the box from Ben Kemplan was well stopped by Simon Lockwood.

However, the home crowd finally had something to shout about when a defensive error from Horsham left the impressive Jenkins one-on-one with the keeper and he remained calm and stroked the ball home.

There was enough time for one more goal from Horsham, who were awarded a penalty in the dying moments when left-back Sam Watt was chopped down in the box. The penalty was converted by Sullivan for his second.

Selsey manager Steve Bailey said: “If you can’t defend you’re going to be in trouble – we need to work on our defensive play. We’re a very young side and we had four 16 year olds playing, directly from under-16 football. It’s difficult with the financial situation but we still enjoyed it and we were much better in the second half.”

YMCA boss Peter Buckland said: “To be honest, it wasn’t a good performance. I’m very disappointed. We’re famed for passing and moving football and we just didn’t do that. The 5-1 scoreline looks good on paper but I can see through that. We are looking for promotion, there’s no question about it, we’ve got the players. It has to be top four for us, nothing less.”

ALASTAIR PUSINELLI

Selsey 3 Broadbridge Heath 3

The Blues picked up their first league point of the campaign on Tuesday night when James Parsons’ double – his second coming three minutes from time – secured a 3-3 draw with Broadbridge Heath. Ben Kemplen got the other.