Horsham U13s Amber were left disappointed after their prestige friendly with AFC Wimbledon was called off on Saturday, due to a lack of players, but they did at least have the consolation of completing their pre-season programme with a victory after defeating Guildford 6-3 last Tuesday. In what was a tough and physical game, this was a good performance by the Hornets who played some lovely attacking football and looked dangerous going forward. The team’s movement was good both on and off the ball although manager Tony Massimo said “we need to tighten our defence and not concede cheap goals”. The Horsham scorers were Joe Simpkin (4) and Fletcher Russell (2).

Prior to that the lads travelled to Leatherhead with only ten players, after three had dropped out on the morning of the game. That soon turned to nine when Lewis Bridle picked up an injury but, despite that, the boys put in a decent display against last season’s County Cup winners on the excellent 3G surface and, with a full complement of players, might have recorded a more favourable result than a 3-0 loss. Overall, though, Tony said he was pleased with all his side’s friendlies. He encouraged his squad to play in different positions and was able to give good game time to everyone to get them used to the full-sized pitches ahead of Sunday’s tough opening league match of the campaign against pre-season title favourites Rustington Otters.

The U11s start their programme with a series of matches in the Autumn Cup (Coral League) away to Chichester City Colts Red, with the U12s travelling to Rustington Otters and U13s Green entertaining Barnham Trojans Red. Last, but by no means least, the U16s also take to the road with a visit to Lancing Rangers. You can find all the fixtures by clicking on the respective team ‘tabs’ on the youth header above.

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