Horsham Youth managed to get two games played this week, with three of our sides suffering the now ‘normal’ postponement!
A depleted U13 Amber squad travelled down to Rustington Youth for an afternoon kick-off, with captain Sammy Henderson among the players unavailable, but the journey was very rewarding as they came back with all three points and a clean sheet. It wasn’t without incident, though, as an injury to Horsham’s goalkeeper meant the lads had to play most of the half with ten men. But they held strong and, after half-time, the ‘keeper was able to return to action to help the Hornets record a comfortable 3-0 win thanks to goals from Zane Beg, Ben Embling and Leighton Read.
Our U16s were also on the road, with a long journey to table-topping Barnham Trojans. Injuries and illness in the Horsham camp led to phone calls flying around overnight so it was another understrength Horsham side that travelled and, although the lads worked hard, they were unlucky to go in half time 2-1 down. With a heavy pitch and no subs it was a lot to ask from the squad and they started to tire in the second half and conceded two more goals to finish the match with a 4-1 loss. Assistant manager Simon Relleen said after the game that the squad work so hard and gave 100%. It was already a tough fixture, without a depleted squad, but they came back proud of the lads’ effort and it good to get some football. Horsham’s goalscorer was captain Callum Jones.