Sunday 19th September 2021
Youth round-up

U11s v Littlehampton Town
Arun & Chichester League Autumn Cup
The U11s played their opening game of the Arun & Chichester Autumn Cup campaign, having been placed in the Amber Group. Their opponents on Sunday were Littlehampton Town a strong, physically big, team compared to their hosts. Horsham started the game in their typical way with lots of flowing one touch football and after five attempts in the first five minutes a goal felt like it was coming. It came soon after and Horsham added further goals as the game looked to be safe by half-time. Littlehampton fought back tenaciously in the second half and scored from a long ball free-kick into the box while the Horsham team appeared to lose a bit of their high intensity of the first half. Horsham, though, regained their composure and added to their tally, despite conceding before full-time, winning the game comfortably.

U12s v Southdown Rovers WON 14-0
Mid-Sussex League Cup
The Hornets hosted lower league side Southdown Rovers in the first round of the cup, however there was to be no fairy tale upset as Horsham produced an extremely professional performance, the coaches ensured that complete focus and work rate was maintained throughout. G Scott opened the scoring after ninety seconds and, with the opposition coming under relentless pressure, the lead was doubled inside a minute when superb work from E Girling saw a beautiful cut back directly into the path of J Harding, who finished clinically. The young Hornets went into the break with a 4-0 lead with further goals from Scott and O Vinnicombe.

Horsham then produced another dominant second half performance, scoring ten further goals, with superb performances from C Sharpe, J Miles, F Channer and J Harding seeing Horsham romp home.

U13s v ASC Strikers WON 9-0
Mid-Sussex League Cup
The Under 13s continued their good start to the season with a comprehensive 9-0 defeat of ASC Strikers at the The Camping World Community Stadium on Sunday, the goals coming from J Harding (3), S Abrehart (2), M Plinston, F Dennysenn, Callum, and T Jacob.

U14s v Worthing WON 7-3
Mid-Sussex League
Horsham’s Under 14s, having had a tough start to the season, made the trip down the A24 to Worthing and put in a battling performance watched by Under 18s manager Mark Hawthorne. The squad returned home with a fine 7-3 result to kick start their season. Goalscorers were B Cina (4), H Long (2) and A Gregory.

U15s v Whyke WON 5-1
Arun & Chichester League
The Hornets travelled to Chichester to take on Whyke to start off their league campaign on Sunday and did so in style!
The visitors started the game very well and were playing some great football and link up play and pressuring the opposition from the front. Solid defending from the back also saw little given away and Whyke were clearly seeing route one as their only option to get through. On twenty minutes L Kelly drove forward, beating the defence and slotting the ball past the β€˜keeper to give first blood to the Hornets. A lapse in concentration saw Whyke reply straight away with a mix up in the box and the ball easily falling to their striker to put away. Four mins later, Kelly did the same thing again, scoring after beating and leaving their defence for dust! Horsham were 2-1 up and controlling the game well now. A knock to A Raven meant an early change was forced and G Lee entered to cover in what was becoming a dominant middle of the park. Horsham were then awarded a free-kick late on in the first half and R Osbourne peaeled away from his defender to gain space and found himself free to volley the ball into the back of the net.

Horsham continued to control the game in the second half after making a couple of unforced changes at half time and, in the 48th minute, again were awarded a free-kick which K Newins, who was bossing the midfield, stepped up and placed firmly in the back of the net. Whyke were starting to get rattled by now but the Horsham boys kept their heads and the centre halves of S Ayling and L York were not letting anything through, cutting out every long and short ball trying to be played by Whyke. In the 58th minute E Evans broke the defence and drove forward to drive the ball past the β€˜keeper. Horsham were able to make a few changes to get the eager subs some game time and rest those that had battled valiantly through the game.

Overall it was a proud performance and also outstanding attitude from the whole group. The referee even mentioned at full-time that the boys were a credit to the badge.

The MTM Autocare Man of the Match went to L York

U18s v Roffey LOST 0-3
Southern Combination League
Horsham’s Southern Combination squad made the short journey across town to near neighbours Roffey on Sunday morning but were to leave empty handed after a lacklustre performance which belied their previous perfect start to the season.
Falling behind to an early goal, Horsham failed to heed the warnings and conceded once more after giving the ball away on the edge of their own penalty area. Although the second half saw a marked improvement, the Hornets couldn’t find the net themselves and saw a couple of chances well saved and, with the goal at his mercy, a sliced effort from S Zagdouni at the far post.
Horsham’s day was summed up when a lofted free-kick saw P Sessions leap to catch the ball only to miss it and see it fall behind him at the feet of a Roffey player for the simplest of tap ins to seal a 3-0 defeat.

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