Horsham travelled down to Worthing Dynamos on Sunday, looking to take home the three points against a side that has struggled for the majority of the season, although they have appeared to have got a few better results of late.
On arrival at the ground the pitch was larger than the Young Hornets have been used to, as were the goals. Moving up to eleven-a-side next season, though, this was a good test.
The game kicked off and Horsham started brightly and were passing the ball well. The first real chance came when Adan Rubin was played in but a slightly heavy touch just saw the ball run away from him and into the ‘keeper’s hands. On eleven minutes Sonny Barton’s corner found Harry Lawson who tried to stab the ball home from close range but the Worthing ‘keeper gathered well. The same player then burst into the box two minutes later only to be nudged from behind and the referee awarded a penalty. Luke York dispatched low in to the bottom corner to make it one nil to Horsham.
On sixteen minutes the Worthing ‘keeper, on trying to play out from the back, inadvertently passed straight to Horsham skipper Harry who fired over from twenty yards.
Worthing’s number eleven up front looked like he could cause problems, playing between the lines and picking the ball up in a lot of space much to the annoyance of the away bench. It was on one of these occasions that he picked up the ball and was allowed to turn and run at the Horsham defence. After outstripping the defenders for pace he cut in and finished neatly past Alex Maynard in the Horsham goal to make it 1-1 on twenty-one minutes.
H/T: Worthing Dynamos 1 – 1 Horsham Youth
The second half kicked off and Horsham came out of the blocks and got themselves back in front early on and scored three goals in nine minutes. Bailey Moyo was played in wide left and put an excellent pass into the box which found George Lee who had timed his run into the box perfectly from wide right and passed the ball back into the opposite corner of the goal with a tidy finish. 2-1 Horsham.
Two minutes later the provider became the goalscorer when Bailey had a tap in following some good work from Harry Lawson who found him two yards out with a good pass.
On thirty-seven minutes, Bailey took a free-kick on the corner of the box which was hit superbly and just skimmed off the top of the crossbar with the ‘keeper rooted to the spot. Stanley Hague also had a good chance when Luke played a perfect ball from a free-kick which was met at the near post with an excellent header that just went wide of the post.
The fourth goal came two minutes later when Harry went on a run into the Worthing penalty area and tucked the ball away in at the near post to make it 4-1. Further chances came for Bailey when his shot from distance was well saved and Markos Panoutsos came close five minutes before time when a cross from the left came in but was played just slightly behind the centre forward.
Worthing Dynamos 1 – 4 Horsham Youth
”We made hard work of it today and the boys came off at half-time a bit frustrated at the scoreline. We told them to keep playing their football as they tend to stop doing the right things when it’s not going their way. They came out second half and delivered early on and put the game out of sight!”
Alex Maynard, Jacob Pugh, Luke York, Zack Bull, Adan Rubin, George Lee, Sonny Barton, Harry Lawson, Bailey Moyo, Stanley Hague, Thom Ong, Markos Panoutsos
Luke York, George Lee, Bailey Moyo, Harry Lawson