Sunday 26th January
Mid-Sussex League Division One
Three Bridges U16 0 Horsham 7
High flying Horsham U16s travelled to a muddy and wet Cherry Lane for Sunday’s league encounter against rivals Three Bridges.
The young Hornets had to adapt quickly to another testing pitch, that was already cut up, proving difficult to play the free-flowing passing game that has become a trademark for them this season. Early exchanges were shared by both sides, with Horsham controlling the possession and Three Bridges chasing the ball and putting in some niggly challenges in an attempt to disrupt the travelling side. From one such challenge, that earned Horsham a free-kick, Ryan Baldwin delivered the perfect set-piece allowing Harvey Woollard the chance to slam the ball past the Bridges ‘keeper to give the Hornets the lead.
This rattled Three Bridges who started to play long balls in an attempt to get behind the Horsham defence, which proved the wrong decision as Jack Charman won possession for Gui Costa to play a through ball for Callum Chesworth to latch onto and fire home to double the visitors’ lead. The score line was not troubled further going into half-time with Horsham in a good position.
The second half was very similar to the first; the Hornets controlling the ball, searching for the opportunities to increase their lead. This soon came when Baldwin delivered another set piece cross for Diego Carmo to bundle the ball home. The flow of the game was now well and truly in the favour of the Hornets, especially when Charman latched onto a half volley to make it 4-0. This spurred the traveling team on to greater glory, and another wonderful set piece was flicked on by Ben Aubrey for Tom Ayling to stab home from close range for the fifth.
There was more to come when substitute Ayo-Oluwa Oke slipped the ball into Harry Sutton and he slotted in another Horsham goal. As the second half was drawing to a close, there was a final flurry when Callum turned provider for Aden Radojevic to fire past the Bridges’ despairing ‘keeper to take the final score to 7-0.
With the three points in the bag and another clean sheet, the Hornets now have nine league games to go in this competitive league and would welcome your support for the run-in.
Horsham: Luke Reeves, Jamie Rodd (c), Matty Pepper, Jack Charman, Ryan Baldwin, Diego Carmo, Gui Costa, Callum Chesworth, Harvey Woollard, Ben Aubrey, Aden Radojevic.
Subs: Charlie Nunn, Tom Ayling, Ayo-Oluwa Oke, Harry Sutton, Dylan Bond
Scorers: Harvey Woollard, Callum Chesworth, Diego Carmo, Jack Charman, Tom Ayling, Harry Sutton, Aden Radojevic