Horsham U11s had a three week lay-off prior to the final group ‘A’ match of the President’s Cup, due to postponement. Coaches and parents were keen to watch the boys in action and the young Hornets were eager to put all the extra training in to action.
Lancing started the first half more spritely and it took a good instinctive save from Zac R in goal to prevent them opening the scoring. The opening minutes of the half were certainly in favour of the home side but the Horsham defence were winning the majority of play and attempting to building from the back. Ryan A, Will K and Harrison J all made crucial tackles, with captain Harrison playing well centrally and bringing the ball forward. Harrison opened the scoring on eleven minutes from just inside the opposition’s half. The Lancing ‘keeper was well out of position and Harrison’s quick vision and early shot saw the ball land in the net. The Horsham midfield started to get in to the game with a display of determination from Dylan H, Jack Y, Callum W & latterly Liam B.
Lancing were attacking both on the left and right wings but the endeavours of the mid field lads were rewarded with counter attacking opportunities. Harry L was looking lively down the right and Horsham’s second goal looked imminent and it was Harry who scored it, on twenty-two minutes. Dan B held up the ball in midfield and put the ever-present Harrison back on to the ball who played a superb crossfield pass in to the path of the on-running Harry who slotted the ball neatly in to the bottom left corner. Horsham had to stay alert at the back and continue to defend a series of Lancing corners and rely on Zac to ensure nothing was conceded before the break.
The second half started with Hornets pushing hard and attacking looking for another goal. A series of corners were now in favour of the yellow and green and it was from one of these that Horsham added their third. Jack Y whipped in a fierce and fast corner which was met by the head of Dan B, the speed of the ball giving the ‘keeper no chance as it flew high in to the centre of the net. Although it was a cracking connection from the tall front man, Dan was clearly dazed from the strike and tThere was a delay to the game as Dan was dealt with before he was unable to rejoin. The player was reported as fine, later in the day. Lancing pulled a goal back shortly afterwards after a good patient build up where a number of players could have shot but chose to pass until their number seven finally hit the ball from a central position in to the net to keep their hopes in the game alive. Horsham had two further chances to score but it was Zac R in goal that was the more active in the closing fifteen minutes with a triple save the highlight of a man of the match performance.
Final score: Lancing United 1 Horsham 3
Man of the match – Zac Robinson
The win puts Horsham Youth U11s joint top of group A with a play-off match next Sunday against Felpham for a place in the final.
Manager Sam Jones commented after the game “With a number of players injured, we had to work hard as a team not only with the ball but also without. Playing on a pitch that has suffered from the recent elements, our normal flowing passing football was going to be hard but the team moved the ball well through the Lancing defensive line to create opportunities”