Sunday 19 November 2017
W J Jewell Trophy 3rd Round

Horsham U12s welcomed AS Eastbourne and their manager, former Hornets first team boss Anthony Storey, to a muddy Southwater Leisure centre for this County Cup fixture.

It was not the start that Horsham needed when AS snatched the lead, through a good passing move, inside the first minute. Horsham were working hard but chasing shadows as Eastbourne were passing well on a very muddy, slippery surface. The Hornets defence were having to battle and Monty Watson-Price, the Yellows’ goalkeeper, kept Horsham in the game with save after save. However, with ten minutes left of the first half, Eastbourne broke through the home defence to grab their second, leaving Horsham trailing 2-0 at the break and with a mountain to climb in the second half.

But it was a different Horsham side that came out after the interval; their work rate was higher and their passing better, which started to produce some results as Eastbourne were put under pressure. Frankie Mills was getting some joy on the left flank, with Jack New working hard through the middle of the park allowing Nathan Jones to surge forward. This was not what Eastbourne expected and, as Denis Light put Eastbourne under pressure, a back pass was intercepted by Nathan who rounded the keeper to smash the ball home and halve the deficit. This rattled the visitors and with Horsham getting a new surge of energy, they started to get more joy in closing AS down and creating chances. However, no matter how hard the Hornets tried, they could not make another breakthrough with Jasper Butterfill seeing his shot saved by the Eastbourne ‘keeper. Horsham could not convert the resulting corner and the referee bought the game to an end, with Eastbourne able to celebrate a 2-1 victory.

Manager Paul Brown was in a reflective mood. β€œWe did not show up in the first half and the boys were slightly lost, but our captain Jack got hold of the team approaching half time and his encouragement was felt throughout the squad as the communication increased. The second half saw our yellows be better on the ball and work hard for the second thirty minutes. We created several chances but could not get the equaliser. If the boys can keep this second half display up through the rest of the season we can still produce something special this year. We go again next week in the quarter finals of the League Cup.”

Horsham: Monty Watson-Price, Danny White, Cameron Cox, Nathan Jones, Frankie Mills, Denis Light, Jasper Butterfill, Theo Brown, Jack New (cpt)
Scorer: Nathan Jones
Dominos Man of the Match: Monty Watson-Price

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