Youth summary

Sunday 17th October 2021

Under 11s
v Worthing Town (a)
Arun & Chichester League Autumn Cup

The U11s travelled to the south coast for their final Autumn Cup fixture, needing a point from the game to secure the trophy. Their opponents were Worthing Town who had encountered this Horsham team in a pre-season friendly and knew how they like to play attractive football and had clearly decided to prevent that if possible.

The game was a tense, and at times aggressive, battle which threatened to boil over several times. It was goalless at half-time with the hosts doing everything they could to frustrate the visitors. The second half continued in the same vein and tackles were flying in from both teams as they wrestled for control. Finally, a Horsham corner to the right of the Worthing Town goal, changed the game. The left winger had come across to take with his right foot but instead of the expected outswinger, the ball looped high the other way and beat the Worthing Town goalkeeper in flight and nestled in the net with a determined follow up header from one of the central-midfielders making sure.

Almost immediately from the restart the hosts played the ball into the Horsham box and to everyone’s surprise, including the Worthing Town players, a penalty kick was awarded. This was converted and the game headed into an extremely tense final few minutes. Horsham were not to be deprived, however, either of the Autumn Cup or their 100% victory record and, in one of a number of counter-attacks, the centre-forward lobbed the Worthing Town keeper to wrap up the win, the three points, and the Autumn Cup.

The coaches were immensely proud of the entire squad for their courage under fire and their tenacity, and the U11s have delivered the first silverware of the 2021/22 season for the club, with hopefully a lot more to follow.

Under 12s
v AS Eastbourne (a)
Mid-Sussex Youth League

The U12s made the trip to Eastbourne with injury and illness enforcing several changes in key areas. C Irving deputised in goal and put in a superb first half performance but couldn’t prevent the hosts from hitting Horsham with a long ball counter-attack that resulted in them taking a 1-0 half-time lead. A scrappy start to the second half by both teams saw a period of battling as Horsham tried to level the game, only to give away a penalty from which Eastbourne doubled their lead. Despite Horsham going on to dominate the next passage of play, it was the hosts who scored again in the dying moments to secure a 3-0 win and consign Horsham to their first league defeat of the season

Under 13s
v Withdean Youth Red (h)
Mid-Sussex Youth League Cup

In the only match to be played at The Camping World Community Stadium on Sunday, the U13s enjoyed a comfortable victory over Withdean Youth Red in the Mid-Sussex League Cup, scoring eleven goals without reply. This was a solid performance, with a much depleted squad, with stand-out performances from C West who caused Withdean problems all game and scored a hat-trick, as did J Pateman.

Under 14s
v Furngate Youth (a)
Mid-Sussex Youth League Plate

Sam Jones’ U 14s made the short journey to Pease Pottage’s Finches Field to take on their Furngate Youth counterparts in the League Plate and a dominant performance from the whole squad saw them winning the tie comfortably, by twenty goals to one. H Long took the goalscoring honours with a personal tally of seven, ably assisted by B Shorey (5), B Cina (4), L Potter (3) and Adam Gregory (1).

Under 15s
v Worthing Town (a)
Arun & Chichester League Challenge Cup

Matt Ayling’s U15s received a bye in the Challenge Cup as Lancing Rangers were unable to raise a side.

Under 18s
v Alfold (a)
Southern Combination Youth League

Tony Massimo’s U18s travelled along the A281 for a first versus second clash at Alfold in the Southern Combination Youth League. Despite leading 2-1, with goals from J Wallace and T Pereira-Leeatin, Alfold stunned the Hornets by scoring twice inside the final five minutes to take the points and leave Horsham’s chances of catching the league leaders looking even more unlikely.

pictured: Hornets U11s – Autumn Cup winners 

2 thoughts on “Youth round-up

  1. Graham Cox says:

    I’m looking for a club for my son to play in on a Sunday. He currently plays for Dorking Wanderers U11’s on a Saturday but he would also like to play on Sundays. Please let me know if you ever hold any trials

    Thank you
    Graham Cox

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