Horsham U12s played their first game at home in what seems like an eternity on Sunday. The visitors were Chichester City Colts Red and the two previous meetings this season in the league and league cup have been won by the young Hornets by two clear goals. The home side were expecting a closely fought contest but this didn’t turn out to be the case. Chichester are well suited playing at their home ground which is very narrow, the width of the pitch at the Leisure Centre really enabled Horsham to stretch the opposition and find the gaps that weren’t necessarily there in previous ties.

Horsham came out of the blocks at lightning speed and the away side didn’t know what had hit them in the early exchanges. The first goal came within five minutes, Harry Lawson finishing from close range after the ball became lose in the box following a corner. Horsham were rampant down both wings with Jacob Pugh and Adan Rubin playing some good passes into the players in front of them. Two minutes later Horsham had a good chance to double their lead. Adan Rubin played a good ball out to Stanley Hague who was playing left midfield, after cutting in and beating the defender had a good effort that just went wide of the far post. Just two minutes later the same player, Adan Rubin, who has an excellent range of passing picked out another superb through ball for Thom Ong to get on the scoresheet with a tidy finish under the on rushing Chichester ‘keeper, 2-0 and well deserved for a player that had started the game really brightly.

It was 3-0 on fifteen minutes when Sonny Barton picked out George Lee on the right wing with a perfectly weighted pass on the angle, George drove into the penalty area and did what all good players do and struck his shot across the ‘keeper who was only able to parry the ball into the path of Harry Lawson to tap in his second of the game. Sonny Barton had a good effort on eighteen minutes with a low drive that crashed off the upright with the ‘keeper well beaten. It was 4-0 to Horsham on twenty-two minutes when another skilful run down the right wing by George Lee found him picking out Elliott Evans, who was playing on the opposite wing, to finish high into the roof of the net from close range. The defence was again being well marshalled by a vocal Luke York keeping the Chichester chances to bare minimum. When the defence was breached on twenty-five minutes following a rare mix up, Alex Maynard came off his line brilliantly to narrow the angle and make a good save. Just before half time, Horsham had two good chances to increase their lead with both chances falling to George Lee who had a really good game. The first following an error by the Chichester ‘keeper who found himself in no mans land following a poor ball out but the effort was put into the side netting. Then Sam Ayling who linked up play brilliantly played an excellent through ball but unfortunately George Lee narrowly fired wide. His all round game deserved a goal but that takes nothing away from his performance as a whole.

H/T: Horsham 4 Chichester City Colts Red 0

The game was effectively over at half time but Horsham were keen for more goals and to keep a clean sheet for the second week in a row. With personnel changes being made at half time and Luke York coming off it slightly unsettled the back line. The first chance of the half came to Chichester on three minutes after some uncertainty and panic at back. In the end Zack Bull did well to close down on the edge of the area and the resulting deflected shot was cleared off the line by Adan Rubin to keep the clean sheet intact. Normal service was resumed a few minutes later with Jacob Pugh playing Stanley Hague into space down the right wing, he in turn found Sonny Barton infield to tee up Harry Lawson whose effort was well saved when it appeared to be heading in to the top corner. A minute later it was 5-0, this time the ball did fly into the top corner when Sonny Barton picked up the ball twenty-five yards out and struck an absolute rocket with his supposed weaker left foot, it must have been a good view for the home supporters and definitely the goal of the game! On forty minutes it was 6-0, Harry Lawson finding the net from close range with a perfectly time header following a Sonny Barton corner. Two minutes later Harry Lawson was bought down in the penalty area, Sonny Barton stepped up to get his second of the game firing in leaving the ‘keeper no chance and it was 7-0. Alex Maynard in the Horsham goal made two very good saves in the remaining fifteen minutes, Thom Ong had a good chance but couldn’t quite connect with a near post header and two minutes from time Luke York had a good effort just fly wide of the target.

F/T: Horsham 7 Chichester City Colts Red 0

Managers Comments: “Every single player was on the top of their game today. It was pleasing for me that they are now starting to play how we want them to play. We got the ball out wide all game and I think they’re appreciating the importance of this to create the spaces in the final third. You can see the confidence in the players and they’re playing the right way. It was a joy to watch and another clean sheet to take into our League Cup semi final next week”

Squad:  Alex Maynard, Jacob Pugh, Luke York, Zack Bull, Adan Rubin, Elliott Evans, George Lee, Sonny Barton, Harry Lawson, Stanley Hague, Thom Ong, Sam Ayling

Scorers:  Harry Lawson (3), Sonny Barton (2), Elliott Evans, Thom Ong

Man of the Match:  Harry Lawson

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