A registration problem meant that a large number of Sunday’s Arun & Chichester Youth League fixtures were cancelled, among them the U12 Greens and U15s matches with Worthing Town White. Although the matches were still played, they were labelled as ‘friendlies’ but that didn’t stop the Hornets from putting in strong performances to emerge as 2-0 and 14-0 victors respectively. A full report on the Greens’ win can be found below.

Horsham Green U12s 2 Worthing Town White 0

This was a strong Horsham team performance and well deserved win against a newly promoted Worthing team who looked to play a good passing game.

After a quiet first few minutes Horsham started to find some cohesion. The first good opening fell to Zach Barnett in the 12th minute, with another opportunity for Dan Woodward just moments later, both drawing good saves from Worthing’s outstanding ‘keeper. Horsham continued to have the majority of possession with Worthing mostly limited to long balls down the middle, requiring a smart save from Louis Masters in the 21st minute to push the ball wide.

The sustained pressure finally paid off in the 24th minute, as Jay Cunnell picked up the ball just outside Worthing’s area on the left side, made space for himself and hit an unstoppable drive into the top right corner and beyond their ‘keeper’s reach. Horsham’s defence, meanwhile, looked strong – with Tate  Stowell anchoring the central defence position.

After 27 minutes, Adam Fitter took possession midway in Worthing’s half then proceeded to beat several players to set up a one-on-one with the ‘keeper, only to be fouled (when a play-on decision would have been better). Dan’s free-kick was drilled low but slightly wide. Horsham closed out the first half on the front foot, with Worthing only offering the occasional threat.

The second half started with both teams well balanced and it required a big block from Tate in the 35thminute to deny the Worthing right winger as he shaped to shoot. Horsham continued to have the majority of possession but were a bit congested and might have used the wide areas to greater effect. However, in the 38th minute Dan worked room down the right flank and put a dangerous cross into the danger area and Zach got a head to it – the pair combining again to good effect in the 42nd minute too.

Chances keep coming and Adam was unlucky to have a great top-corner finish ruled out after a Worthing player was injured seconds before.The 45th minute saw a fantastic passage of team play from Horsham, with slick passing in an extended move. It didn’t result in a scoring opportunity, but was a great indication of a team coming together.

Worthing did fashion chances for themselves and Louis pulled off an excellent reaction save in the 45th minute to preserve Horsham’s lead. Tate even took a punt from the halfway line, forcing their ‘keeper into a save. Six minutes later, a fine through ball by Jay put Zach in on goal but he was ruled marginally offside (fairly, much to the disappointment of the supporters!). And, in the 55th minute, Rupert Gray made space to hit a low shot destined for the bottom left corner, only to be denied by a stunning save as Worthing’s ‘keeper touched it onto the post.

Finally, in the 60th minute, Horsham got the second goal and deservedly extended their lead. Horsham’s back three soaked up some sustained attacking pressure from Worthing. Winning the ball, it was played upfield to Zach who advanced deep into Worthing’s half then laid the ball off to GhyllBowen on the overlap. Ghyll still had work to do, turning neatly inside to unbalance the last defender then cooly slotting the ball past the keeper with his right foot.

Worthing, to their credit, continued to attack and caused the odd moments of concern, but the boys closed out the game for a convincing win.

Scorers:  Jay Cunnell (24), Ghyll Bowen (60)

HORSHAM: Louie Masters, Alex Power, Tate Stowell, Joel Simmons, Dan Woodward, Jay Cunnell, Ghyll Bowen, Zach Barnett, Adam Fitter  Subs: Rupert Gray, Sammy Collins, Archie Henshaw

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