Worthing Strikers Red U11 4 Horsham 1
Ernie Piper Presidents Cup
Horsham Youth U11 travelled to Goring for a second meeting against Worthing Strikers Red. From the start this young group of Hornets played well, passing the ball into the space to create chances, unfortunately we could not get the goal with the pressure we applied.
Worthing struck first, with a low drive that Alfie Maguire was unfortunate not to stop. However, Horsham kept going with some good wing play and solid tackling. It was from a good pass played by Jack Willis that allowed Stan Berry an opportunity to shoot, which was saved into the path of Jasper Butterfill who had his shot blocked and the loose ball fell to Jack Willis to slot the ball home for the equaliser. However, just before half time Worthing nicked a second when, from a corner, Horsham switched off and did not defend it well, allowing the ball to deflect into the net to make it 2-1 to Worthing at half time.
The lads were back out with confidence for the second half but could not get the ball past the Worthing ‘keeper, who kept everything out. With Horsham pushing for an equaliser, Worthing found the space behind the defence with their long balls, which meant they were able to score two further goals in the second half. Horsham kept huffing and puffing but on this cold morning could not get the game back, meaning an early exit from this Ernie Piper knockout competition.
“The lads played well with little reward today, which was a shame, as the result looks harsher than it should have been” coach Paul Brown said. “As coach I have to assess where we are as a group of young boys trying to develop. I also have to look at the tactics employed on the day and, along with the boys, I am developing as well in my second season as manager/coach”.
Horsham: Alfie Maguire, Nathan Jones, Charlie Brown, Cameron Cox, Jack New (capt), Danny White, Denis Light, Stan Berry, Jack Willis Subs: Jasper Butterfill, Theo Brown
Scorer: Jack Willis
Dominoes Man of the Match – Danny White
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