It seems a long time ago since the U12s reached the final of the Arun & Chichester League Cup but the weekend has finally come when they must journey down to Arundel to take on Bognor Regis Youth Green.
The young Hornets are ready and really looking forward to the day and, with so many matches lost to the weather this season, the cup final should be a welcome distraction from their disrupted league programme. The lads will travel together by bus to Mill Road on Sunday, to help provide that cup final feeling, but they will face a stiff challenge with their opponents currently top of the division. The two sides have already met in the league, with Bognor overturning a 2-1 deficit to win 3-2 with a stoppage time goal on the opening weekend of the season, but the Hornets will go into the match in confident form having beaten Chichester City 11-0 last time out.
Horsham’s path to the final began with another 11-0 success, this time away to Lancing Rangers, with Stan Berry, Raul Barter and Jasper Butterfill each netting a hat-trick, and were given a bye to the third round when opponents Worthing Dynamos were unable to field a side. There were no such problems for another Worthing side – Worthing Town Blue – when they hosted Horsham at the start of November but two more goals from Stan ensured a comfortable 3-0 passage into the quarter-finals and another away tie, this time at Angmering. A moment of brilliance from Raul gave the visitors the platform from which to record a 3-1 success against a tough team to put us through to the semis where the lads had to hold off a stubborn fightback from Rustington Otters before going through 3-2.
For Bognor, their run began with a 4-1 victory at Worthing Dynamos before a jaw-dropping 19-0 thumping of Worthing Brazilian Masters in round two. Perhaps through fear of a similar humiliation, Ferring were then unable to muster a team to take on the Pebbles so Bognor were into the quarter-finals where they recorded a less emphatic 2-0 win against Worthing Strikers Red, following that up with five unanswered goals against Lancing United in the semi.
You can’t beat a Sunday afternoon cup final let’s hope the weather holds and that the Hornets are buzzing on their way home! Good Luck to Paul ,Alex, Ross and all the lads.
The match kicks off at 4pm on Sunday 25th March at Arundel FC’s Mill Road ground.