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Horsham YMCA take full advantage of AFC Uckfield Town implosion for victory

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Horsham YMCA assistant manager Julian Miller admitted AFC Uckfield Town’s second-half implosion ‘made it easier’ for his side in their 3-1 win over the Uckers on Saturday.

Tayler Maddock and Sam Cooper both received red cards while Dean Stewart-Hunter and Ellis Cormack were both sent to the sin-bin in a tumultuous second half which saw the visitors playing with just eight men for a short period of the game.

Johden De Meyer (centre) looks to jink through the Uckers defence

Johden De Meyer (centre) looks to jink through the Uckers defence

Miller said: “It was a really funny game because we missed a lot of chances and let them back in, and then, once we got going again, they got ill-disciplined and it was a lot easier than it could have been.

“Once we were playing against ten, then nine, then eight, we just kept the ball really well, stretching them.”

Miller also believes his side had a big impact on the visitors’ two red cards. He added: “We were putting them under so much pressure so we caused a lot of it.

“That made it easier for us but we pressured them into making these tackles because they couldn’t get anywhere near one or two of our players.”

Guy Harding looks to win the ball in an aerial duel

Guy Harding looks to win the ball in an aerial duel

The tenth-placed Uckers began relatively well, handling the threat of a home attack with the best scoring record outside of the SCFL Premier Division’s top five without too much early trouble.

YM broke the deadlock in the 29th minute as Maddock felled a home forward and Dean Carden fired the resulting penalty into the top right corner.

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The hosts exerted their control before the break, but the Uckers still went close as Maclean almost met a Bailo Camara cross on the stroke of half-time.

The introduction of Dee Okojie at the restart proved pivotal when his 60th minute cross found Cormack who prodded a header home to equalise.

Adam Hunt battles with an AFC Uckfield Town player for the ball

Adam Hunt battles with an AFC Uckfield Town player for the ball

While the Uckers would’ve expected to push on, the events of the next ten minutes removed all hopes of winning.

The away side self-combusted when Maddock was first shown a second yellow, then Matt Daniel put the hosts 2-1 up in the 65th minute, and Cooper was also awarded a second booking to add to Stewart-Hunter’s sin-bin soon after.

YM had full control thereafter and confirmed victory as Daniel bagged his second – and 21st of the season – in the 83rd minute, before Cormack was also placed in the sin-bin in the final few minutes.

Horsham YMCA: Jeal, Carden, Evans, Donaghey (Lovegrove 82), Harding (Gibbs 50), Hunt (Gedling 74), Lemon, Dugdale, Daniel, De Meyer, Clarke. Unused: Pavlovic, Eales.

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Crawley Town goalkeeper Michael Luyambula has today (Monday) been recalled by his parent club, Birmingham City.

Luyambula has been recalled by the Blues in order to obtain more game time this season.

The 20-year-old joined the Reds on a season-long deal on July 12.

Crawley would like to thank Luyambula for his historic performances in a Reds shirt, most notably against Walsall, Norwich City and Stoke City in the Carabao Cup.

The Reds wish Luyambula all the very best in his future career.

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Steyning Town stall Peacehaven's promotion push with victory

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Steyning Town manager Gerry Murphy praised his players for a ‘great result’ after beating second-placed Peacehaven & Telscombe at home in the Premier Division on Saturday.

Goals from Mayckol Sabino and Jamie Brotherton gave the Barrowmen the three points.

Charlie Romain came close to opening the scoring for Steyning after just five minutes but his close range effort fell just wide of the post.

Jake Le Grange gave Peachaven their first opportunity of the game but his cross-cum-shot forced Conor Kelly into tipping the ball over the bar.

Peacehaven continued to come back strong. On 27 minutes Calum Hart fired just wide of Kelly in the Steyning goal.

Curt Ford came close a few minutes later as was sent through on goal but some superb last ditch defending by the hosts stopped the Tye striker from making any serious inroads.

It remained all square heading into the half time-break as the visitors looked like the most likely team to score first.

However, on 56 minutes, against the run of play, Steyning found themselves in the lead from the penalty spot.

Peacehaven keeper Alieu Secka came rushing out of box to collect the ball but could only foul the onrushing Steyning striker.

Brotherton stepped up to coolly slot home and to give the Barrowmen the lead.

Grant Radmore almost doubled the Steyning lead a couple of minutes later but his effort dragged wide.

The Barrowmen did eventually double their lead on 64 minutes when Sabino raced clear of the Peacehaven defence to delightfully lob the onrushing keeper.

The goal seemed to spur Peacehaven into life as they started to dominate possession in the middle of the park trying to claw their way back into the game.

The visitors came close five minutes from time through a Josh Marshall free-kick but his effort sailed over the bar.

Tyler Capon pulled a goal back for Peacehaven in the fourth minute of added time as he headed home a Manny Okorougo cross but it was too little too late for the visitors as Steyning walked away with the win.

After the match the Steyning boss praised his team for they performed against such tough opposition.

Murphy said: “(It was) a great result against a well organised team pushing for promotion.

“We went one up from the spot, which looked a bit harsh, but we’ve had a few go against us.

(It was) a top finish from Mayckol Sabino lobbing the keeper.

“A late goal conceded was the only down side on performance.

“Hopefully we can take this result onto this Saturday at Hassocks.”

Steyning Town visit Hassocks on Saturday.

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