Sunday began with phone calls to referees, arranging pitch inspections and announcing postponements, but it was all worth it as the scores came in from the teams that got their matches on. The U16s were meant to be at home in the Invitation Cup but, after the referee deemed the pitch unplayable due to frost, the team swapped the fixture to Sompting Rec where opponents Lancing Rangers had booked a pitch in case of such an eventuality. It was worth the journey to the coast for the Hornets as goals from Ben Cole and Callum Jones secured a 2-0 win and a quarter-final tie next week against Worthing Dynamos.
Horsham U12s were also in cup action, playing away to Angmering in an Arun & Chichester League Challenge Cup Quarter Final tie where the squad took their good performance from last week into this match and came away with a 3-1 victory and a place in the semis, thanks to goals from Denis Light and two from Raul Barter.
U13 Amber were in action at bottom club Worthing United Colts and had a handsome win, scoring eight goals that keep them in touch with the leaders in the division. It was another great performance from the squad, with the goals shared among Zain Beg, Joe Stevens, Max Warren and Zach Barnett, who each scored twice.
There was double disappointment for our U11s, whose Douglas Cup tie fell victim to the frost, meaning the planned presentation by first teamer Tony Nwachukwu of the Coral Cup they had won earlier in the season had to be cancelled.
The U13 Greens were also frustrated as their game against Bognor was postponed so the squad took the opportunity to train ahead of next weekend’s big League Cup Quarter-Final match against U13 Amber.