Sunday 15th December 2019
Mid-Sussex League Division One
Horsham U15 Amber 5 Rottingdean Village 0
Horsham produced one of their best performances of the season to brush aside the challenge of Rottingdean at the Camping World Community Stadium.
Isaac Small, one of Amber’s players of the season so far, was missing due to a bad injury and a close game was expected after the tense draw in the reverse fixture but Horsham took the initiative from the first whistle.
Alfie Clifford and Henry Hazell were outstanding in midfield and it was Hazell who opened the scoring, neatly finishing after Zain Beg’s clever assist. Horsham created chances not only through great interplay but also through the speed of Max Warren and Joe Simpkin on the flanks. It was Simpkin who added the second, running on to Clifford’s defence-splitting pass. Horsham’s third was trademark Simpkin, as he deftly finished after turning his man on the edge of the box.
After the break, Amber snuffed out any prospect of a dramatic comeback with a brilliant fourth. In a move starting in defence and involving several players, Hazell fired home after a smart back-heel from Beg, who deservedly scored himself to complete the rout. In the latter stages, the visitors pushed for a consolation. However, the back line wanted a clean sheet, with Alfie Furneaux and Phelan Jeffery particularly impressive.
Horsham: Will Scurr, Max Morris, Alfie Furneaux (C), Josh Mamo, Phelan Jeffery, Charlie Gibson, Alfie Clifford, Henry Hazell, Max Warren, Joe Simpkin, Zain Beg Sub: Leighton Read