Horsham U12s (Amber) produced an outstanding performance on Sunday to move into the semi-finals of the County Cup after an emphatic victory away to Rustington Otters. Yet it was the home side who scored first, inside the opening ten minutes, following a misunderstanding between goalkeeper George Edgley and team-mate Tom Mathews. But two goals in the final two minutes of the first half turned the tie on its head and the Hornets came out a different side after the interval and the free-flowing football that had produced 45 goals in the last five games returned, with the Otters’ goal breached a further five times without reply. Horsham can now look forward to a last four meeting with Arun & Chichester Division ‘B’ side Worthing United on Sunday 5th February.
Goalscorers: Joe Stevens (3), Joe Simpkin, Max Warren, Isaac Small, Sam Henderson
Line-up: George Edgley, Josh Buttle, Max Warren, Max Morris, Joe Simpkin, Morgan Prill, Nico Massimo, Sam Henderson, Tom Matthews Subs: Isaac Small, Ben Emblin, Lewis Bridle, Jack Candfield, Joe Stevens
Our only other representatives in action yesterday were the U11s, who returned from their trip to table-topping Bognor Regis with a very creditable goalless draw. As the scoreline would suggest, this was a match in which both defences came out on top but there was no lack of incident in what was a thrilling contest. A full report on this game can be found here.
Both our U12 (Green) and U15s were left disappointed after their respective opponents were unable to field a side, with the U12s passing by default through to the semi-final of the Arun & Chichester League Invitation Cup and the U15s awarded three league points at the expense of Predators.