The weekend’s youth team fixtures began on Friday night with the U11s hosting Chichester City in the Arun & Chichester League Autumn Cup (Coral League). Playing under the floodlights for the first time, the young Hornets showed no nerves, winning 3-0 through goals from Harry Duvergier Sam Abrehart and Max Pilston to stay top of their group. On to Sunday and the weather put paid to any hopes the U16s had of progressing in the League Cup, as their match at Premier United was postponed. There was better luck for the U12s, though, as they secured their first win of the season away to Chichester City where Harrison Jones and Liam Beckham scored the goals in a 2-0 victory.
There were goals aplenty as the U13s hosted Withdean Youth in the first round of the Les Kempster Challenge Trophy (County Cup). Horsham were punished for a slow start and, although they upped their game in the second half, it was too late to affect the outcome as Withdean won through by virtue of a 9-4 scoreline. The Hornets’ goals were scored by Bailey Moyo, Markos Panoutsos, Jacob Streeter and an own goal. U15 Green went a goal down in their league match at Lancing Rangers but the squad pulled together and ran out 3-1 winners, courtesy of goals from Harrison Hay, Tate Stowell and Jake Bairstow-Muscat.
Finally for this week, U15 Amber played host to Crawley & Maidenbower Panthers in the Mid-Sussex League Cup and were a goal up in 30 seconds and went on to produce a good team performance, adding five more goals to book their place in the next round. The damage was done by a hat-trick from Connor Collcutt and further goals from Joe Simpkin, Leighton Reed and Henry Hazell.
Reports on some of these matches will appear on the youth news page in the next 24hrs