The rain was lashing down on Sunday but that was no problem for the Hornets’ 3G pitches, although it took all the expertise of Colin to keep things organised in the car park as the ground hosted our U16 and U17 squads.
Our U16 Mid-Sussex League side were up against Alfold, the only side to take points off the Hornets this season, and the match proved to be just as competitive this time around with A Maguire scoring Horsham’s goals in a 2-2 draw. The point keeps both teams tucked in just behind leaders Peacehaven & Telscombe.
Our U17 and U18s have come together to participate in the Dennis Probee County Cup this season and took an early lead against their first round opponents, Southern Combination side Burgess Hill Juniors. The Hillians hit back within minutes but it then became one-way traffic as the Hornets scored NINE more times to run out comprehensive 10-1 winners to set up a date with Roffey U18s. It was a frustrating day for our U14s, though, as their match against Littlehampton Vipers was lost to not the weather but to Vipers not being able to field a squad.
It was crunch day for the U11s as they travelled to Chichester City Colts with both sides boasting a 100% record. But it was the young Hornets who maintained that run with a convincing victory. The U12s’ match at Rustington Otters was lost to a waterlogged pitch but the U13s enjoyed better fortune as they returned from their match at Worthing Dynamos with a fine 11-3 win, helped by SIX goals from P Tatum.
Completing the set is our U16 Arun & Chichester League side, who went to Wick Dynamos and came back with all three points, courtesy of a 3-2 win. The Hornets started well but Wick went ahead from a counter-attack and it took an H Hay penalty to get the side back on terms. Wick regained the lead in the second half but Horsham kept pushing forward and from a corner, ten minutes from time, Hay got a head to it to pull the teams back level once more. It looked like that’s the way it would stay when Horsham had a goal disallowed inside the final stages but, with three minutes to go, A Fitter got the ball on the edge of the box and slotted home the winner.