Horsham U15 11 Wick Dynamos Junior 2
Arun & Chichester League Division C
Horsham Youth U15 welcomed Wick Dynamos to Southwater Centre for another, hugely important league fixture. The young Hornets started brightly, putting pressure on their opponents and passing the ball well. It was from a Max Laker corner that the first goal came as Louis Hartley headed the ball towards goal and it sneaked in. Another corner caused more problems for Wick when they bundled over Harry Kent for a penalty and up stepped Kieran Kirby to send their keeper the wrong way and the ball into the opposite corner, making it 2-0. Wick rallied and split the Horsham defence with a pass that saw them get a goal back, and it was game on. Soon after, they managed to break the defence again but a last ditch tackle from Connor Brown could have resulted in a penalty but it was a perfect slide tackle to deny Wick an equaliser. From the tackle, Horsham managed to create another chance and Jamie Boniface was played in to make it 3-1. However, another good break from Wick saw them nick another goal back. Horsham, though, pushed on and when another Laker corner resulted in another penalty, the ‘keeper got a hand to it but could not prevent Kirby from snatching his second. Then as the first half was drawing to a close, Laker turned from provider to scorer as he smashed the ball into the Wick net to give Horsham a 5-2 half-time lead.
The second half started in a similar fashion to the first, with Horsham on top and Jake Relleen scored next to put the home side 6-2 up. Then a fantastic, mazy run saw Cody Blastock beat four players before calmly slotting the ball home for number seven. Kieran Bonner then got on the score sheet from another set piece and, soon after, Tom Searle scored from another corner to put the score to 9-2. Horsham were not finished as Kieran Bonner got his second and, before the final, whistle Connor Brown smashed the ball home to bring the final score line of 11-2 to Horsham.
Manager Adam Hartley had this to say, “Today was a great performance from Horsham. They are on the brink of something special, winning their division in the first season. The boys could have let the nerves get to them, especially after the semi-final defeat, but it is a measure of how they have developed as a squad, they work for each other, playing some fantastic football in the process. As a squad, they are showing they can lose together but more importantly, they win together! Next weekend will be a massive step in their squad development, if they win away to Shoreham they will be league champions!”
Horsham: James Marsh, Cody Blastock, Josh Hall, Tom Searle, Kieran Kirby, Harry Kent, Ryan Atalay, Connor Brown, Louis Hartley, Jamie Boniface, Max Laker Subs: Jake Relleen, Kieron Bonner
Scorers: Kirby (2), Bonner (2), Hartley, Boniface, Laker, Relleen, Blastock, Searle, Brown