What a weekend it’s been for Horsham’s youth squads, who were on fire!!
With the weather providing rain, rain, and more rain, we were delighted to get all 7 sides playing today, with 5 of them at home, and the lads took full advantage by bagging 41 goals between them. Not only that but the clubhouse breakfast was a real hit with everyone again as they kept sheltered from the wind and rain.
Pride of place goes to the U11s, who clinched the first silverware of the season when they captured the Arun & Chichester League Autumn Cup (Coral League) with a handsome win away to AFC Worthing Youth Atoms. It was clear from the start that Worthing were going to struggle to cope with the intensity and speed that this U11 team possess, and the young Hornets established a 5-0 half-time lead, going through the gears in the second half to eventually run out 11-0 winners thanks to goals from Zac Langford, Sammy Painter, Harry Duvergier (2), Sam Abrehart (3), Max Plinston (3) and an own goal.
The U12s were in Sussex County Cup action, hosting D&S Hastings, and the lads turned it on to win 7-2 to set up a home tie with Barnham Trojans next month. Horsham’s goals were scored by Adam Gregory, Callum Webb (2), Josh Baker, Charlie Little and Alfie Russell. A late equaliser meant Horsham and Ferring Brazilian Masters U13s had to settle for a share of the spoils from a 2-2 draw in which Harvey Marshall and Luke York scored for the Hornets.
The U14s ran riot in their Mid-Sussex League Cup tie against Furngate Youth, winning 16-0. The visitors, beaten 17-0 by Horsham in the league just a few weeks ago, arrived at The Camping World Community Stadium with just eleven players and were soon down to ten after an injury. This just added to their woes as Horsham’s quick passing and good vision helped them to create some great goals. Luke Harrison stole the headlines with four goals although George Bowler (3) wasn’t far behind, with Stan Berry (2), Alfie Maguire, Cameron Joste, Ollie Randell, Ethan Neylon-Lwin and Jack New completing the rout.
Harrison Hay scored twice as our U15 Greens put eight goals against Angmering Village, who managed just one in reply. There was some great football played by the squad, who have really pulled together and become a tight unit this season, with the confidence growing from week to week. The Hornets’ other goalscorers were Bernard Wraith, Adam Fitter, Sam McMinn, Samuel Berry, Tate Stowell and Max Fitzsimmons.
U15 Amber are through to the next round of the Sussex County Cup, thanks to a 12-1 victory over Felpham Colts Blue. The Hornets got off to the perfect start, scoring in the very first minute, but it was after the break that they showed their superiority by scoring eight goals without reply – including a hat-trick by sub Joe Simpkin. But even his achievements were outshone by Zain Beg, who helped himself to four goals, with Connor Collcutt also helping himself to a treble. Charlie Gibson and Alfie Clifford completed the scoring to send Horsham through to a date with either Furngate Hawks or Barnham Trojans.
Finally, our U16s had to wake early for their trip to Bexhill for a top of the Mid-Sussex League Division A clash and secured all three points courtesy of a goal from Aden Radojevic.
We hope to post detailed reports on some of these matches in the next few days on the youth news pages.