Sunday 29th October 2017
Arun and Chichester League Division B
Venue: Ormiston Six Villages Academy
On Sunday, Horsham U13 Greens earned their first clean sheet of the season playing away in the league against Barnham Trojans Red at their Ormiston Six Villages Academy ground. Horsham won the match by two goals to nil, scoring in each half.
Horsham had two opportunities early on, both from set pieces after fouls awarded against Barnham. Bradley’s shot from Adam’s free kick was saved by the ‘keeper. Harrison tried a direct free kick from out in Barnham’s midfield that went over the bar. Barnham came close twice after 18 minutes, both saved by Louis, the second with his knees as he came out to parry a strong shot from inside the penalty area.
Horsham’s first goal came in the 28th minute thanks to a quick reaction by Sam and determination from Adam. Sam received the ball in the centre of Barnham’s midfield and his quick, one-touch lay off enabled Adam to take the ball forward a few paces and shoot. This was the first time that Horsham players had successfully combined in the crowded midfield and it achieved the breakthrough. Barnham countered straight from the restart, playing forward and putting a shot in that forced another save by Louis.
Just before half time, Harrison struck another long range attempt at goal. This one was on target but the ‘keeper caught it. The half ended with Barnham going forward on the attack. Louis saved again to deny Barnham a fourth time. Although Barnham had the better of the shots, four on target to Horsham’s three, Horsham had made theirs count.
H/T Barnham 0 Horsham 1
Horsham’s second goal came in the 66th minute. Sam’s corner kick in from the left to the near post was headed back to him, still out there in the corner. He played it back in and Harrison scored, being first to the loose ball.
Barnham could not take advantage of the three opportunities that they had in the second half. One chance needed a determined tackle by Tate to prevent a shot. The Barnham player was in space with clear sight of goal, teeing up a shot, when Tate rushed across the box and tackled robustly sending the ball out behind. Tate got his head to the corner kick, too, as it came in at the near post and Adam mopped up with the final clearance. Barnham were denied twice more by Louis’s saves to preserve Horsham’s clean sheet. He took one of those shots in the midriff from close range.
Horsham had other chances of their own. None was fruitful, though. Harrison and Adam had two shots each; one off- and one on-target, saved by the ‘keeper. The second half ended with Horsham going forward on the attack in Barnham’s half. At the full-time whistle it was Barnham 0 Horsham 2.
The stats tell of a peculiar match. There were twenty-three corner kicks. Ten offsides were awarded. It seemed a good-natured game with no obvious unpleasantness; yet sixteen fouls were awarded. They played on a visibly small pitch. Perhaps that made all the difference as it seemed difficult to play football in that crammed midfield. This was a dogged performance by Horsham and, although they were not at their best that morning, they had the resilience to earn an away win. Well done.
Manager Ian Scott commented: “This was probably the worst performance of the season. We missed two players but can’t say that was it, really. The good thing is we came away with the three points and a clean sheet.”
Man of the Match: Louis (pictured)