Swirling winds and heavy overnight rain may have cast doubts over today’s fixtures across the south but not at The Camping World Community Stadium, where our fabulous 3G pitches enabled us to host four matches for the Hornets’ Youth squads.
It made for an early start for our volunteers, who just managed to implement the Covid checks on the players before the skies opened and produced a torrential downpour, but play got underway on time with our U12s and U16s up first.
Playing on the Jack Scrase Community Pitch, the U12s met another side with a perfect record thus far and, by the final whistle, it was Felpham Colts who kept that winning run going by virtue of a 2-1 win. J York scored Horsham’s consolation goal in what was a very competitive match.
There were no such problems for our U16s, though, as they enjoyed a handsome victory over Worthing Minors. Although the boys endured the worst of the heavy morning rain, this didn’t stop them from excelling in front of goal as their free-flowing football enabled them to run out 7-2 winners. Three goals ahead at the break, Ian Scott’s side rammed home their advantage after the break, with both K Symonds and Man of the Match H Hay completing hat-tricks and B Fatehina adding the seventh towards the end.
With Matt Ayling away, U18s manager Mark Hawthorne stepped into assist joint-manager Ken Osborn as the U14s hosted Worthing Town in a midday kick-off. The Hornets were 2-0 down before the break but, after a half-time team talk, the lads came out in the second half a different side and were soon on level terms thanks to a brace of goals from C Mitchell. But that’s as good as it got for the home side as Worthing scored a late winner to take all three points and consign Horsham to a second successive loss.
Meanwhile our U11s, fresh from being crowned Coral Cup winners last weekend, took on a well-drilled Ifield Galaxy side in a highly competitive friendly that the visitors won by the slimmest of margins. The only one of our sides on the road today was our U13s, who kept their unbeaten record going with a 4-3 thriller at Worthing’s Palatine Park where the groundsman did a fantastic job in getting the match on after all the rain. Horsham had to come from behind before celebrating the victory in this top of the table clash, secured by goals from C Webb and a P Tatum hat-trick.
There were no matches for our U16 and U17 Mid-Sussex League sides this weekend.