Two goals from Charlie Little and one a piece from Harry Long and Dan Baxter was enough to see off a spirited Worthing Town as Horsham continue to jointly top the Winter Cup.
This game was not all about the goal scorers. Some games are won and lost on the small details, and today was no exception. Safe hands and good goal kick decisions were Horsham’s foundation as Zac Robinson made the all right choices in goal. The U11 Hornets won this game through a rounded team performance across all positions from the back to the front. Horsham’s scored first on 7 minutes. Harry Long was put through on goal and the opposing keeper came out to make a good save. The ball fell to Charlie well outside the 18 yard box and, with the keeper out of position, an instinctive strike and the ball was goal bound. The Worthing defence attempted to head the ball clear but the ball was struck too well and found the back of the net.
Worthing’s number eight equalised through an impressive individual performance and speculative shot two minutes later. Horsham continued to have most of the attacking play and hit the post before Harry Long scored Horsham’s second towards the end of the first half thanks in part to a fumble from the keeper. Callum Webb had a notable first half performance seeing much of the ball and combining well with Dylan. His work rate, skill, vision and passing accuracy prevented further danger from Worthing on the left side of the pitch.
Dan Baxter had an instant impact on the game coming on for the second half. Playing centrally and tracking back – his strength and ability to hold up the ball was enabling Horsham to press higher up the pitch. Horsham’s third goal fell again to Charlie, smashing home from close range, but Worthing were not done and scored soon after. Both teams pressed hard for the next pivotal goal. Baxter was put through one on one with the keeper who made a great stop to prevent the striker from scoring, but minutes later Dan confidently scored Horsham’s fourth. Out-sprinting three Worthing defenders and via a neat through pass, he held his nerve to slot the ball left past the on rushing keeper.
The win keeps Horsham U11s hopes of winning the Winter Cup and securing Horsham FC’s first silverware of the season.
Man of the match – Dylan Howe
Manager Sam Jones commented – “We struggled to play our free flowing football today using the full width of the pitch due to excellent pressing from the opposition – tactics were changed to allow the forwards to play on the defenders shoulder allowing us to capitalise on some excellent through balls from the midfield- an excellent all round performance”