Week 14 of the youth fixtures brought a mix of highs and lows for Horsham’s youth squads, all of whom were in action today with the exception of the U14s, whose scheduled league opponents were in cup action.
Our U11s travelled down to Ferring to take on the Brazilian Masters club, and recorded the victory that puts them into a three-way play-off next weekend with Worthing Strikers and Felpham Colts to determine who will be crowned Winter Cup (Cedar League) winners. Sadly, the U12s’ hopes of an extended run in the County Cup came to an end at the third round stage when they went down 6-0 at Montpelier Villa but there was better news from the U13s as they fought back from two goals down to beat Chichester City at The Camping World Community Stadium. Callum Mitchell (two), Bailey Moyo, Zach Bull and Sam Ayling got the goals that secured the Hornets’ first win in four attempts to lift them up to 4th place in the Arun & Chichester League by virtue of a 5-2 scoreline.
U15 Greens were also facing opponents from Chichester and were in top form, returning from the cathedral city with an 11-4 win in which four goals were scored in a whirlwind opening ten minutes. The Greens are on a roll this season, having won every one of their nine league games to date, and have established a nine point lead at the top of the Arun & Chichester League Division B table. Congratulations to the whole squad, and to today’s goalscorers Harrison Hay (two), Max Fitzsimmons (two), Sam McMinn, Sam Berry, Josh Gallard, Brandon Fatehnia, Tate Stowell and Adam Fitter.
Our other U15 representations – Amber – picked up a good victory in the Stan Beattie Memorial (County) Cup when they defeated Hangleton Rangers 5-1 to move into the quarter-finals where they will face either East Grinstead or Hassocks Juniors on January 5th. The result was far closer than the scoreline suggests, with the Hornets taking full advantage of Hangleton’s push for an equaliser to score three late goals including two from makeshift striker Isaac Small. Horsham’s other goals came from Joe Simpkin (two) and Max Warren. Down at Worthing’s Woodside Road, the U16s were narrowly beaten 2-1 by the home side to end our run in the Sussex John Davey County Cup, Jamie Rodd getting our consolation goal.
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