The prospect of a wet weekend is enough to put a sense of foreboding into anyone connected with youth football as they anxiously await confirmation that their match has survived the downpour.
Thank goodness, then, for the fantastic synthetic pitches at The Camping World Community Stadium that is set to host FIVE Horsham youth team matches tomorrow!
Having collected just one point from their opening three matches, Sam Jones’ U12s will be aiming to make it a hat-trick of wins when they take on D&S Hastings in the second round of the Sussex W J Jewell (County) Cup. This is the first season in the competition for the newly-formed Hastings side, while the Hornets will be hoping to go one better than last season’s semi-final exit at the hands of Withdean. There’s a sense of a carnival occasion for the U13s as they take on the rather exotically-titled Ferring Brazilian Masters for Arun & Chichester League points. No doubt the visitors will be glad to have the certainty of getting another game under their belts, having seen two of their first four matches postponed. In the two matches to have survived, Ferring were beaten 4-1 at Chichester and 4-0 at home to Mile Oak Wanderers in the cup and are, unsurprisingly propping up the nine-team table in which the Hornets currently occupy fifth spot following last Sunday’s 3-4 reverse at Chichester.
Furngate Youth U14s won’t be relishing their visit to the CWCS, coming just three weeks after going down 17-0 to Alex Bethell’s Hornets who have scored an astonishing 56 goals in just five matches! The occasion is a Mid-Sussex League Cup first round tie, with the winners set to face AFC Crawley in the quarter-finals. With Bosham playing in the cup tomorrow, our U15 Greens have the chance to move level with the league leaders at the top of the Arun & Chichester League Division B table if they defeat Angmering Village. Ian Scott’s side have enjoyed a 100% record so far, having endured a difficult last campaign, and will be hopeful of making it four wins from four against an Angmering side that picked up their first point of the season last weekend in drawing 1-1 with Lancing Rangers. U15 Amber are another our sides to enjoy a perfect start to the season and they will hope to continue that form in the County Cup when they host Felpham Colts Blue. Tony Massimo’s squad didn’t enter the competition last season, as U14s, but will be hoping to emulate their success in the League Cup that saw them lift the trophy by defeating Chichester City.
Away from the Camping World Community Stadium, there’s a top versus bottom clash as our U11s take their 100% record to AFC Worthing Youth, who have lost each of their four Autumn Cup (Coral League) fixtures so far, while the U16s will strive to become the first side this season to defeat Mid-Sussex League leaders Bexhill. It will be Bexhill’s first home match of the campaign, having seen their only previous fixture – a League Cup tie with Lewes Juniors Pumas – postponed after their opponents were unable to fulfil the tie.
10:15 U12s v D&S Hastings (County Cup) – Jack Scrase Community Pitch
10:15 U15 Green v Angmering Village (Arun & Chichester League) – Main Pitch
12:15 U15 Amber v Felpham Colts Blue (County Cup) – Main Pitch
12:30 U13 v Ferring Brazilian Masters (Arun & Chichester League) – Jack Scrase Community Pitch
14:15 U14 v Furngate Youth (Mid-Sussex League Cup) – Main Pitch
And we know that you don’t need reminding, but we’re going to say it anyway, our fabulous breakfast menu will be served in the clubhouse from 10am!