Horsham U15 Green made it 3 wins from 3 in the Arun & Chichester League but had to do it the hard way, coming from behind to defeat basement side Lancing Rangers.
On a wet and windy afternoon, Lancing started brightly and threatened to take the lead with several early attempts on goal. Archie Nicholls came to Horsham’s rescue with a lovely sliding tackle when it looked like the hosts would make the breakthrough but then the Hornets fought back with several penetrating attacks that put Lancing on the back foot. However, they had a let-off on 11 minutes when a long, wind-assisted, shot came back off an upright and, not long after, Louis Masters did well to save a free-kick. Lancing eventually went ahead on 24 minutes, with just their third goal of the season, but this produced a positive response from Horsham who fought back well and ended the half strongly, with a a curling free-kick well saved by the Lancing ‘keeper.
Horsham dominated the second half, making full use of the wind which was now in their favour. A free-kick caused problems in the home penalty area before being scrambled clear and another good build up saw a shot go just wide of the Lancing goal. Playing some good passing football, Horsham’s equaliser came from a Tate Stowell header and then, after a great combination that saw the ball cleared off the Lancing goal-line, Harrison Hay headed home from a corner. The Hornets wrapped up the points through Jake Bairstow-Muscat’s second goal of the season.