Yesterday brought the final match of the U11s’ Coral Cup round-robin competition and the Hornets continued their 100% record by seeing off visitors Worthing United to be crowned champions. Well done to Jamie, Carl, and James and all the squad on a great achievement in securing the club it’s first silverware of the campaign.

Although the league and cup now takes a break for half-term, there will be no rest for our youngest squad with friendlies booked in preparation for the next Development matches and the Winter Cup Competition.

Away from the Hop Oast, our U12s and U14s enjoyed mixed fortunes on their visit to Chichester. It was a good morning for the U12s as they recorded a fine 7-2 victory against the local club that keeps them neck and neck with Felpham Colts at the top of the Arun & Chichester League table. The lads played some excellent football at times and, but for the agility of the home goalkeeper, might have doubled their score and could even afford the luxury of a missed penalty! The impressive S Abrehart scored a hat-trick, with S Painter, R Mortalla, T Jacobs and M Plintson all getting their names on the scoresheet.

It was a less memorable visit for the U14s who, in the shadows of the famous cathedral, were beaten 1-0 by Whyke United whose winning strike was a cross-come-shot that looped over the helpless Horsham goalkeeper and into the far corner of the net. Although the Hornets improved massively after the break, they couldn’t get the better of a determined Whyke defence, behind which their goalkeeper produced a number of fine saves.

There was also disappointment for our two Mid-Sussex League sides as they both fell to their first defeats of the season. Our U16s remain third in Division One despite being beaten 3-2 at Burgess Hill Juniors, our goals coming from N Jones and L Jones, while the U17s missed out on a place in the last four of the League Cup when they were narrolwy edged out by a strong and physical Marle Place Rangers side by four goals to three. Horsham’s goalscorers were A Clifford, M Morris and a Z Beg penalty.

The U17s have an opportunity to get that result of their system this evening when they go Oakwood for a Floodlight Cup tie with East Grinstead Meads, kick-off 6.30pm.

Image: Horsham U14s versus Whyke United

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