Goodchild hails players’ response to weekend hammering but midweek draw is still a sickener for Stringers

Hailsham v Crowbrough 17-9-13
Hailsham v Crowbrough 17-9-13

Andy Goodchild hailed his Hailsham troops for their ‘great response’ in bouncing back from their humilating 9-0 defeat on Saturday, but said their 2-2 draw at home to Crowborough on Tuesday felt more like two points dropped.

The Stringers were hammered at Goring Mead by Horsham YMCA, with a hat-trick coming from Dave Brown, braces from Liam Hunter and Daniel Sullivan and goals from Nicholas Sullivan and Daniel Evans.

It looked like they had bounced back in style at the Beaconsfield on Tuesday when 2-0 up with five minutes to play thanks to goals from Danny Andrews, on eight and 37 minutes. But two late strikes from the Crows – the second four minutes into injury time – left the Stringers feeling sick again.

Joint boss Goodchild (pictured) said: “Whilst a point was gained it felt like two points lost.

“It was a great response to Saturday’s hiding from Horsham YMCA. We bossed the game for 85 minutes and were comfortable for the win.

“A mistake by the linesman lead to a third goal being disallowed which has caused us to lose concentration.

“It is poor calls like these that are affecting games hugely this term and I know everyone says things will even out during the season but when you are at the bottom it doesn’t feel like that at the moment.

“That said we only have ourselves to blame in conceding two in the last 10 minutes.

“Overall it was a great improvement in terms of our patience, organisation, discipline and work ethic. I am confident if we replicate these workmanlike performances going forward we will progress comfortably to safety.”

“What was also encouraging was the five on the bench for the first time this season with players returning from injuries. We have been down to the bare bones on many occasions this season, carrying 10 injuries in the squad.

“This gave us options to change in the second period.”

Of the YM debacle, he had said: “I don’t know what to say really. We just didn’t show. We laid down and died.... I’m at a loss to understand the causes.

“We’ve ask the players to have a long hard look at who is up for the fight and committed to turning things around.

“They need to stand up and be counted to put things right on Tuesday against Crowborough. For the first time this season I can’t draw a single positive out of the game. I felt like asking someone on the other team politely to pull our pants back up. “It was a comedy of errors, with some slapstick defending – a real keystone cops affair.”