Langney Lose Again
By Steve Roberts
Langney Wanderers 0-2 Horsham YMCA
MATCH REPORT BY RYAN NEWMAN
Manager Kenny McCreadie admitted his side simply weren’t good enough as the Wanderers fell to a 0-2 defeat at home to Horsham YMCA yesterday.
What was always going to prove a difficult afternoon for the hosts against promotion chasing Horsham was made considerably more so due to the absence of several senior players, Paul Rogers (unavailable) and Ryan Alexander and Wayne Wilkinson (suspended) were all missing from the starting XI.
As a result, home debuts were given to full-back Corey Haywood-Roye and midfielder Essa Janneh whilst Paul Weatherby was also recalled into the side.
Despite all this, it was the Wanderers who made the brighter start and could have gone ahead after less than a minute when Gary Ingram was allowed to cut inside from the left and fire wide of the far post from the edge of the box.
Horsham slowly played their way into the game and scored from their first real sight of goal when Tony Garrod was allowed time to turn on the edge of the box and fire low into the bottom corner after 13 minutes.
The Wanderers certainly weren’t being outplayed though and could have levelled just six minutes later but Trevor McCreadie couldn’t get enough on his header after a great delivery from Paul Weatherby.
Aside from this, the game was now largely being fought in midfield with chances of any sort extremely few and far between. A collision between McCreadie and Aaron Jeal in the Horsham goal saw the visitors surround the referee demanding a red card for the Langney forward, but the ball looked there to be won and the referee kept his head and issued both with a yellow card for the subsequent altercation.
Langney would have done well to see out the remainder of the half and get in just the one goal behind but they were punished on the stroke of half-time after giving the ball away cheaply and allowing an unchallenged cross to find the head of Jack Hartley to nod home from close range.
Horsham were noticeably content to sit on their two-goal advantage throughout the second-half and challenge the Wanderers to break them down, a challenge the Wanderers never really looked like rising to.
Ollie Gill was shown a yellow card for the visitors just past the hour mark for hacking down Ingram on a potential counter attack.
Ingram was again involved five minutes before the end when his cross found the diving head of McCreadie but again, the striker couldn’t direct his effort on target.
Horsham should’ve killed the game almost immediately after when substitute Sam Schaff fired wide of the far post after being sent through one on one with Dan Hutchins in the Langney goal but in truth, the visitors deserved their win through good organisation and a lack of mistakes.
Next up for the Wanderers is a trip to another of the leagues promotion contenders, Saltdean United on Saturday, (Kick-off 3pm), and manager McCreadie is all too aware of how difficult every game for his side will be.
“When you concede two goals softly in the manner that we did it’s an uphill battle for the rest of the game. In the first fifteen minutes we started off well. We were lively, and we had a lot of the ball."
“For the second one, we’re on the stroke of half-time, looking to put the ball out or put it up the pitch and keep our shape. But, instead, we give it away cheaply and concede again. That’s not good enough. It was a free delivery and a free header, it wasn’t good enough."
“To be honest I don’t think we were any better in the second-half, but they were just ordinary. I know they are currently up there but they’re not going to win the league. But the reason I am angry now is the fact that I have got three senior players missing, the captain Paul Rogers is away, and I’ve got two suspended for diving in, (Wayne Wilkinson and Ryan Alexander). I am about to bring in three new players to bolster the squad. I have no choice."
“Every game is tough for us at the moment. That’s where we are at the moment. This team came up this year and kept the bulk of the squad. There is a gulf between the Premier and Division One, the same way that there is a gulf between the Premier and the Ryman and sometimes the players you have aren’t good enough and sometimes they are, but we just need to keep our shape and nullify the mistakes.”
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