Horley Town triumph over Horsham YMCA to earn sixth successive win

Alex Barbary scored against his former club in Horley's 2-1 win over Horsham YMCA. Picture by Spence Mitchell.
Alex Barbary scored against his former club in Horley's 2-1 win over Horsham YMCA. Picture by Spence Mitchell.

Horley Town moved to within five points of second place in the SCFL Premier Division after overcoming Horsham YMCA in a 2-1 win on Saturday.

Alex Barbary opened the scoring against his former club, firing in from close range just before the break but Callum Donaghey headed the visitors’ level in the second half.

But Horley would have the final say with ten minutes remaining when Mario Quiassaca nodded Scott Robson’s free-kick past Aaron Jeal in the YM goal.

The result helped the Clarets maintain their sizzling form with a sixth successive league win as they moved to within five points of second-placed Peacehaven & Telscombe with two games in hand.

Horsham YMCA assistant manager Julian Miller said: “It was unfortunate. We did really well in the first half, not so good in the second, and then got done right at the end so it was a shame really.

“We did deserve something out of it because we had two big shouts for penalties that weren’t given. So we could have nicked something but it wasn’t to be.”

The home side dominated early on, creating six chances in the first 15 minutes.

Russell Harvey skimmed the crossbar with a long-range shot, then a careless throw by Jeal was intercepted by Tony Halsey, with the YMCA stopper recovering just in time to save his shot.

Halsey, Reyon Dillon, Alex Barbary and Dale Burgess also all had shots straight at Jeal or just wide.

YM started making an impression with three free kicks inside the Horley half, before a Matt Daniel effort was cleared off the line by Ryan Brackpool and a run by Johden De Meyer was thwarted by keeper George Hyde, who also jumped to save a header by Tony Nwachukwu.

Dillon had a shot cleared off the line for the hosts and both Burgess and Barbary went close again before Chad Goulter hit the post with a fierce long-range shot.

Horley got their breakthrough just before half-time when the ball ping-ponged around from a corner and was deflected in by Barbary.

The second half was a far more scrappier affair. Ash Dugdale fired narrowly over while there was also a goal-mouth melee when three Horley goal attempts were half-cleared.

Callum Donaghey headed the away side level from a corner in the 65th minute but Horley found their winner 15 minutes later when Robson’s free-kick was prodded home by substitute Quiassaca with his first touch.

Horley travel to struggling East Preston this Saturday.

Horley Town: Hyde, Brackpool, Burgess, Dillon (Loftus 88'), Goutier (Xavier 60'), Hall (Quiassaca 70'), Halsey, Harvey, McElligott, Barbary, Robson.