Today was a wash out for our teams playing away from home as the heavens opened for the third day running, leaving the grounds saturated and unable to cope with the demands of two sets of footballers.

Thankfully The Camping World Community Stadium was a hive of activity, with our U11s and U13s both having early kick-offs that even the weather couldn’t prevent the supporters from cheering on from the sidelines.

With no matches scheduled for the U11s during half-term, a friendly fixture was set up for Jamie Irving’s youngsters against Sutton United that produced a really competitive match on the Jack Scrase Community Pitch that could have gone either way but ultimately went to the visitors by a narrow scoreline. Jamie was very impressed with the squad and the work rate against a very good Sutton side.

On the main pitch, Sam Jones’ U13s were in County Cup action against Hastings United in the second round of the Les Kempster Challenge Trophy. It was wet, windy, and grim as the lads warmed up but by kick-off the sun had come out for what was a very enjoyable match.

Hastings were first on the scoresheet, going ahead after twenty minutes, but it wasn’t long before the scores were level with a goal from H Jones. Some nice neat play from the Hornets resulted in P Tatum giving Horsham the lead but a second goal from the visitors brought the teams back on terms at 2-2, just before half time. The second half was a different story as Horsham started to up the tempo of the game and a hat-trick from A Gregory and further goals from S Murahwa and Tatum put the home side in control. Hastings had the final word when pulling a goal back late on but the victory was Horsham’s by a margin of seven goals to three and sees them through to a third round tie away to Barnham Trojans, 2-1 winners against Withdean. The tie is currently fixed for 13th December.

“Normally we have some form of idea of how the opposition play and can adjust accordingly but this being a County Cup tie, we didn’t know much about Hastings at all” admitted Sam.

“Irrelevant of any result, the players and coaches try to take something thing away from the game, be that an individual or a group of players or as an entire team. Today we achieved that in numerous areas with individual performances but even with the result being a positive one when the final whistle went, there were still areas that we can improve on in different areas of the pitch.

“But having not played at home for over four weeks, we were happy to get back to playing our quick flowing football that we are used to.”

We now await an official announcement from the footballing authorities as to whether or not the leagues will shutdown during the period of lockdown.

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