At a loose end tomorrow? Then why not get yourself down to The Camping World Community Stadium where we have two offerings from our exciting Horsham Youth squads.
U15 Amber will be looking to progress through to the quarter-finals of the Stan Beattie Memorial Trophy (County Cup) when they take on Hove-based Hangleton Rangers on the main pitch, kick-off 10:15am. Hangleton, conquerors of Broadbridge Heath Juniors in the previous round, play in Division One of the Sussex Sunday Youth League where they are currently placed 6th in the ten team division with two wins and a draw from their five matches to date. In defeating Uckfield Grasshoppers last weekend, the Hornets continued their impressive form that has seen them win all but one of their 12 matches this season to take them not only to the top of the Mid-Sussex League table but also through to the quarter-finals of the League Cup.
On the conclusion of that match, our free-scoring U13s will entertain Chichester City in a mid-table Arun & Chichester League Division A clash, scheduled to kick-off at midday. The two sides were involved in a seven goal thriller when they met in the cathedral city back in October, in which the hosts edged the match by a single goal, and things are similarly tight in the league where 4th placed Chi sit one place and one point above the Hornets. Matches involving Chichester and Horsham’s U13s have resulted in a whopping 130 goals this season, at an average of 6.5 goals per game, so if you’re looking to be entertained this Sunday, The Camping World Community Stadium looks the place to be.
Away from home, our U11s go to Ferring Brazilian Masters on the back of last week’s battling come-from-behind win at Chichester, hoping to put pressure on leaders Worthing United Strikers in the battle for the Winter Cup. A place in the quarter-finals of the W J Jewell Trophy (County Cup) is up for grabs for the U12s as they take to the road for the first time in over a month with a visit to a Montpelier Villa AFC side that defeated Pevensey & Westham Juniors 14-0 in the previous round! The young Hornets are in good heart, though, having responded well to a heavy defeat by Felpham Colts to draw 3-3 with Storrington before beating Lancing United in last week’s League Cup tie.
Ian Scott’s U15s go to Chichester hoping to cement their place at the top of the Arun & Chichester League Division B table with victory over the local Colts side, whom they’ve yet to face this season. Chichester have lost on each of their past four outings, including an extraordinary 5-6 extra-time League Cup defeat to Bosham three weeks ago, but Horsham can be sure of a tough battle against a home side looking to improve on their three league wins so far. Completing our round-up, we return to the County Cup (or the John Davey Cup to be precise) in which our U16s take on their counterparts at Worthing, winners over East Preston and Shoreham & Adur in the two previous rounds. Dixie Laker’s Hornets have a near-perfect record this season, having won eleven of their twelve matches in all competitions.
Admission is free of charge to all these matches and, for those of you coming down to the Hop Oast, don’t forget to stay around for the live televised Premier League matches between Aston Villa and Leicester City and Brighton & Hove Albion v Wolverhampton Wanderers, both of which will be shown on the big screens inside the clubhouse. The bar will be open and, for early arrivals, breakfast will be served from 10am.