Our youth sides made a fantastic start to the new season, scoring 38 goals between them and suffering just one defeat. Our new crop of U11s got proceedings underway at The Camping World Community Stadium when they took on Felpham Colts on the Jack Scrase pitch and warmed up nicely for next week’s Autumn Cup tie with a 3-1 win through goals by Romario Morratello, Sammy Painter and Jack Langford.

The U12s’ match with Rustington Otters was the only fixture not to produce a goal, their cagey Arun & Chichester League match ending in an entertaining 0-0 draw, but there were no such issues for the U14s who made a sensational start to life in the Mid-Sussex League by scoring 17 without reply against Perrywood Sports. Zachary Jeanes led the way with a magnificent seven goals, ably supported by Alfie Maguire (3), Stan Berry (2), Nathan Jones (2) and Oliver Randell, Joe Sherwood, and Luke Harrison who weighed in with a goal each.

U15s (Green) new-look side followed up their recent friendly win against Loxwood by repeating the feat against the same opponent, this time by three goals to one with Sam Berry, Keylan Symonds and Jake Bairstow-Muscat doing the damage. Meanwhile, U15 (Amber) hit double figures on their trip to Uckfield, Henry Hazell (3), Zain Beg (3), Alfie Clifford (2), Connor Collcutt (2) and Nico Massimo (2) scoring the goals in a 12-0 success over the Grasshoppers.

It was a much closer affair as the U16s met Cuckfield in a re-run of last weekend’s friendly. Although the Hornets were always in the driving seat, they just edged out their opponents by the old goal in five, thanks to a brace of goals from Aden Radojevic and one from Jamie Rodd.

The U13s have another week to wait until their campaign begins in earnest and warmed up for that with a friendly at Oakwood that saw them come out on the losing side.

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