United stop the rot to hold Horsham YMCA

Lucas Mann
Lucas Mann

Eastbourne United played out their first 0-0 draw for three years as they played out draw at Horsham YMCA.

The result is a marked improvement for Simon Rowland’s side who went into the game on the back of four straight defeats.

While the home side dominated for large periods, the goals dried up and there was no danger of them repeating the previous week’s heroics, where they beat United’s neighbours Hailsham Town 11-0.

Horsham boss Peter Buckland said it was a “brilliant advert for County League Division One football” as both sides demonstrated their credentials as teams that will be challenging for a spot in the top six.

Although United have struggled of late, manager Rowland has stood by his prediction of a strong season and on this evidence there is no reason why they won’t be fighting towards the business end of the league.

The opening exchanges threw up little in the way of clear cut opportunities, with YM enjoying the lion’s share of possession and only really threatening the visitors’ goal with half chances.

Dave Brown volleyed well over after some good work from Brad Curtis and Dean Carden down the right, before striker Phil Gault also fired an effort past the upright after evading the offside trap.

Lucas Mann had the best of United’s opportunities and his deflected effort was desperately hacked off the line. All in all, a fair result for both sides.