As the national spotlight falls this weekend on the Emirates FA Cup, The Camping World Community Stadium hosts knockout football of its own tomorrow with three of our youth sides vying to progress through to the latter stages of the Sussex County Cup.
There’s an intriguing looking tie at U12 level where the Hornets host a Barnham Trojans Red side that, although playing a division below Sam Jones’ team, have yet to lose a match in any competition and, last weekend, consolidated their position at the top of the Arun & Chichester League Division B table with a 10-0 hammering of Worthing United Strikers. Horsham are in good form themselves, though, and are undefeated in their last five competitive matches so this looks a tough one to call.
A place in the quarter-finals is at stake as Furngate U15s visit Horsham hoping to upset the Hornets’ 100% home record that has seen them score 38 goals and concede just two. Rottingdean Village are the only side to have avoided defeat against Tony Massimo’s side, with a recent 1-1 draw, although Horsham bounced back in style to hammer Hassocks Juniors last weekend to progress through to the quarter-finals of the Mid-Sussex League Cup.
There’s another cracking looking contest when Horsham entertain Hastings United in the 3rd round of the John Davey County Cup in the afternoon kick-off. Hastings play in the Kent Youth League alongside such clubs as Margate, Herne Bay, Folkestone Invicta and Dover Athletic and, a heavy defeat at Margate aside, have begun the season well with three wins and a draw from their five matches to date. Both sides had comfortable victories in the previous round of the competition, the Hornets scoring six goals without reply at Broadbridge Heath and Hastings recording a 10-1 success at home to Haywards Heath Town.
There’s a top v bottom clash in the Arun & Chichester League where our table-topping U15 Greens will try to make it a magnificent seven wins in a row with victory over Worthing Dynamos. The Dynamos are yet to pick up a point this season, albeit they have only played four matches so far, but will be keen to atone for the 11-1 mauling they received last time out at the hands of Barnham Trojans.
Away from home, our U11s begin their Winter Cup (Cedar League) campaign at Felpham Colts where they will be looking to repeat the sort of form that landed them the Autumn Cup last month (pictured above).
Neither our U13s or U14s are in action this weekend.
As if that’s not enough for you, there’s live Premier League coverage of the Wolves v Aston Villa and Liverpool v Man City clashes on the big screen inside the clubhouse, and a fantastic breakfast menu for early arrivals.
09:00 Clubhouse opens
10:00 Breakfast is served!
10:00 U12s v Barnham Trojans Red (Sussex County Cup) – Jack Scrase Community Pitch
10:00 U15 Green v Worthing Dynamos (Arun & Chichester League) – Main Pitch
12:15 U15 Amber v Furngate (Sussex County Cup) – Main Pitch
14:00 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Aston Villa (Premier League) – clubhouse
14:15 U16 v Hastings United (Sussex County Cup)
16:30 Liverpool v Manchester City (Premier League) – clubhouse