Sunday 17th November
Mid-Sussex League Division One
The Hornets’ U16s welcomed Tunbridge Wells to their nest of The Camping World Community Stadium on Sunday for this return-to-league action. The side had a long wait to get back into league football on a packed day for the Horsham youth section, watching and supporting the U15 greens in their cup tie which resulted in a slightly sluggish start due to the start/stop warm up schedule!
The Foresters were a different prospect, physical, neat and adopting a high forward line to attempt counter attacks, which meant the yellows had to be switched on to this different formation. With some end-to-end chances, it was a great cross from Harvey Woollard that unlocked the door when he delivered the ball for Ben Aubrey to head home, making it 1-0 Horsham and this was how it stayed going into half time, the slender one goal lead only separating the teams.
The second started with Tunbridge Wells pressing fast, attempting to unsettle Horsham, but it was Sam Andrews who had the answer when he collected the ball in midfield, drove forward and ended with a thunderbolt of a shot that flew over the Wells keeper into the net. But instead of falling apart, the Foresters stepped up their game and produced an even better long-range effort that evaded the huge effort from goalkeeper Luke Reeves in trying to claw it away. This could have damaged the Horsham confidence but, no, within an instance the Hornets struck back. Ryan Baldwin found Aubrey who calmly wrapped his foot round the ball to place it into the top corner of the Wells net to regain the two-goal lead.
This was the turning point as the effort that Tunbridge Wells brought started to fade, allowing Horsham to push on and a corner routine was executed well as Baldwin delivered the cross and Jonny Ruiz headed home on his second attempt to score the Hornets’ fourth. With this increased scoreline, and the Foresters ‘keeper playing a blinder with lots of point blank saves, it was only fitting that Aden Radojevic got onto the score sheet when he collected a wonderful pass to cut in and bundle the ball home. There was no more drama as the second half drew to a close and Horsham came out victorious.
Manager Dixie was a happy manager “the lads done well, it was another good team performance. They have to enjoy this win, rest their bodies and allow themselves to recover from this niggly, physical match. We stood up well to them and I congratulate them all”
Horsham: Luke Reeves, Diego Carmo, Jamie Rodd (c), Matty Pepper, Archie Fuller, Sam Andrews, Harvey Woollard, Gui Costa, Callum Chesworth, Ben Aubrey, Aden Radojevic.
Subs: Charlie Nunn, Zach Hughes, Ryan Baldwin, Jonny Ruiz, Jack Charman.