While all today’s other Horsham Youth fixtures were postponed, our U11s just needed a point to lift the Winter Cup against Lancing Colts in a very close run competition but a positive result was far from a foregone conclusion as the game was switched to an away fixture due to the weather.
Horsham kicked off in all sky blue and soon found themselves a goal down on four minutes as Lancing took advantage of the favourable windy conditions. From that moment on, the Hornets dug deep and continued to battle for every ball and had the majority of possession. Most of the positive play was coming down the left, courtesy of Jack Y and Charlie, with Jack hitting the bar on thirteen minutes and Charlie having a shot saved shortly after. Zac was having a confident game in goal and any shot or attack was covered with safe hands but it was Jack Y, supported by Jack M, who continued to look the most likely to score the equaliser. The first half ended with Horsham on the up, but with the majority of attacks being mopped up by an excellent performance by Lancing’s number seven.
Sam introduced Harry and Tom up front for the second half, adding some speed to the attack. Charlie, Dylan and Callum were making sure Horsham were first to any ball and Harrison and Ryan were dealing with any threat coming forward but the equaliser was not coming. Harry’s headed attempt from a corner was saved and Charlie’s shot on target was gathered by the Lancing goalkeeper. With two minutes remaining, and Horsham’s relentless pressing, Charlie received the ball centrally and rifled home a shot high and central to relieve the anxious Horsham crowd. It was deserved reward for his non-stop running and never-say-die attitude for the entire game. Minutes later, Harry scored what was thought to be a winner only for the goal to be disallowed for offside.
With a number of injuries and delays during the game, an extended period of added time was played and spectators anxiously watched the clock as Lancing attacked. Thanks to Zac and the Horsham defence the game ended a draw, the point enough for Horsham to finish top of the league with the first cup safely in the trophy cabinet.
Well done to Zac, Harrison, Ryan, Liam, Will, Callum, Charlie, Dylan, Alfie, Jack M, Jack Y, Tom, Dan & Harry plus Manager Sam & Coach Matt.
Man of the Match: Charlie Little