Just the one Horsham Youth match survived the dreadful conditions brought on by Storm Dennis today, but it was a winning one for the Hornets’ U16s as they defeated Bexhill United 2-0 in a warm-up for their forthcoming Mid-Sussex League Cup semi-final. 

During the early exchanges it was Horsham who dominated the ball and enjoyed good possession. They took the lead when, following a foul on Aden Radojevic in the penalty area, play was allowed to continue and Ben Aubrey crossed the loose ball across goal at pace for Ryan Baldwin to slide in and smash the ball past the ‘keeper.

With Ben and Aden running the pirates’ defenders ragged, there were further chances from set-pieces and, from one of these, Callum Chesworth laid the ball off to Harvey Woollard who curled a delightful ball into the top corner for Horsham’s second goal. This should have spurred the hosts on but, instead, it seemed to hinder them as the ball was not retained well and the team started to commit more fouls, putting the defence under unnecessary pressure. Thankfully, they managed to see the first half out with the two unanswered goals.

With some stinging comments from the coaching staff, this should have reinforced the desire to look after the ball better but the second half started in a similar vein to the first with Horsham misplacing passes three times in the first 60 seconds! However, the lads were able to work out the kinks to their game play, with possession retained better and the passes more accurate. This in turn created chances for Aden, Harvey and Ben all having shots rebound off the crossbar or posts! The score line should have been increased but no further goals were forthcoming as the Hornets grabbed the three points from this tough opposition, ahead of their semi final confrontation in 14 days’ time.

Horsham: Luke Reeves, Jamie Rodd (cpt), Matty Pepper, Jack Charman, Ryan Baldwin, Diego Carmo, Gui Costa, Callum Chesworth, Harvey Woollard, Ben Aubrey, Aden Radojevic  Subs: Ayo-Oluwa Oke, Zach Hughes, Sam Andrews

Scorers: Ryan Baldwin, Harvey Woollard

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