A nasty injury to goalkeeper Louis Masters contributed to a rather one-sided scoreline at Goring’s Mead on Sunday, where a crowd of 62 saw U13 Amber move into the semi-finals of the Arun & Chichester League Challenge Cup at the expense of Hornets’ U13 Greens. Sammy Henderson and an own goal had given Amber the early advantage before the incident that left Louis unable to continue and there was little let-up from Tony Massimo’s side after that, with Sammy going on to complete a hat-trick. Zain Beg and Nico Massimo bagged a brace apiece, with Max Warren and Ben Embling completing Amber’s goalscorers and Sam McMinn netting Greens’ reply. Amber’s reward is a semi-final tie against Rustington Otters next month.
The U12s came up against Lancing United, managed by former Horsham first team goalkeeper Duncan Green, and came away empty-handed after falling behind to an early goal. As the Hornets’ depleted squad began to tire on the heavy pitch, Lancing doubled their advantage and only some terrific work by goalkeeper Monty Watson-Price and defender Danny White prevented a bigger margin of defeat before Finley Duneclift reduce the deficit towards the end of the game.
Our U16s travelled to Division B leaders Worthing Dynamos in the Arun & Chichester League Invitation Cup and returned home with a superb 6-2 victory. The hosts boast a 100% record in the league, having won all six of their matches this season and conceding just five goals, but the Hornets were up for the test with Jake Relleen leading the way with a hat-trick, ably supported Ben Cole (2) and Connor Brown. Horsham will travel to Selsey in the next round.
Horsham U11s were awarded the points as Worthing Strikers were unable to field a side for their Douglas Cup tie, which puts the youngsters in prime position to win the trophy when they play Worthing Town Blue next week.