Kieran Bonner scored five goals as Horsham U15s leapt to the top of the Arun & Chichester League table with a 9-3 win over Shoreham & Adur today. The visitors actually took the lead in this meeting but the Hornets led 6-2 at half-time and added a further three goals after the break to record their fifth successive league victory.

U12 Amber were the day’s other big winners, scoring fourteen without reply against Worthing Town White to take their goals tally to 67 for the season. The goals were shared around the squad, with Sam Henderson leading the way with a hat-trick, Nico Massimo, Max Warren and Morgan Prill chipping in with two apiece, and Isaac Small, Joe Simpkin, Joe Stevens, Max Morris and an own goal completing the rout. “I don’t like these games very much” admitted Hornets manager Tony Massimo. “I don’t get any pleasure out of winning like this and all credit to Worthing, who never gave up. We were just too strong on the day and we kept changing players every fifteen minutes to give everyone the chance of a run out. What does please me is that we are playing some very good football this season but next week is the most important game so far when we take on a very strong Rustington Otters team in the quarter final of the County Cup.

There was no such joy for U12 Greens, who paid the penalty for a disappointing first half in going down 5-2 at home to Worthing United. 8-0 winners over Worthing Town Black, last time out, the Hornets started slowly and three goals in four first half minute presented them with a mountain that could not overcome despite goals from Ghyll Bowen and Jay Cunnell.

Finally, a goal from Man of the Match Frankie Mills earned the U11s a point away to Worthing Strikers Red with a 1-1 draw. Horsham trailed at the break but Frankie skipped past three challenges to net the equaliser after the break.

Match reports to follow

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