Sunday 14th November 2021

On a day where we took some time to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice so we could enjoy our freedoms, the Camping World Community Stadium welcomed four visiting teams with Jamie Irving’s Under 12s making the short trip to Cuckfield.

Under 11s v Bognor Regis Town Red (h)
Arun & Chichester League Winter Cup

Horsham’s U11s were presented with the Autumn Cup before their Winter Cup fixture against Bognor Regis Town Red, to much well deserved applause. After both teams had observed the Remembrance Sunday silence impeccably, the Hornets dominated possession in the game against a strong and brave Bognor side, who are a Bognor-based Polish football academy, who played with great organisation and strength and were a credit to their coaches.

Horsham showcased their fast paced passing and moving game and were able to go into the break with a healthy lead. Numerous changes after half time involving all but two of the Horsham squad did not affect the speed or fluidity of play but doubled the score and some brilliant second half individual performances gave Horsham a well deserved win.

Under 12s v Cuckfield Cosmos (a)
Mid-Sussex League Division One 

The young Hornets welcomed back H.Semark for their journey to Cuckfield, following a trial period with Brighton, and he made an instant impact, contributing four outstanding assists.

Cuckfield started off in way to disrupt Horsham by breaking up our good early passing moves, but the visitors looked dangerous early on and quick counter attacks set the tone. However, a slight lapse in concentration allowed Cuckfield to break quickly and take the lead after six minutes. But, five minutes later, Horsham really did apply the pressure and an outstanding sweeping move saw Semark square the ball to Irving to level the scores. Horsham then settled into the game, with Dickinson controlling the midfield, and on twenty minutes a devastating run and cross from Semark picked out Irving who calmly made it 1-2 and it stayed that way until the break with the Hornets now in complete control.

Immediately after the restart, Vinnicombe won the ball on the halfway line and played in Sharpe who accelerated past three defenders and slotted home beautifully. Horsham continued to dominate, with Semark once again at the heart of the action as he tore up the right and delivered a sublime cross from which Vinnicombe’s effort was saved but the ball fell to Sullivan who emphatically smashed it home. Semark then went in another mazy run and was fouled in the box and Vinnicombe stepped up to convert the penalty with thirty-nine minutes played. Horsham didn’t let up and continued to mount pressure on the hosts and, with fifteen minutes left to play, Semark once again gave the defenders a torrid time and delivered a cross that Sharpe put away nicely.

A special mention must go to our unsung hero, J.Breijo, who was a rock at the back and started many of our attacking moves and dealt with whatever was thrown at him.

Under 13s v Cuckfield Cosmos (h)
Les Kempster Challenge Trophy (County Cup) 2nd round

Graham Duvergier’s side welcomed Cuckfield Cosmos United to the CWCS and raced to a 3-0 lead within fifteen minutes, doubling their lead by half-time and could even afford to miss a penalty when the score was 1-0. The second half saw the Hornets continue their dominance but, to their credit, Cuckfield continued to battle diligently, putting in some hearty challenges and their ‘keeper, in particular, making many outstanding saves to keep the final score to 9-0.

Under 14s v AFC Vardenians (a)
Mid-Sussex League Division One

Sam Jones’ squad had a free Sunday as their opponents, AFC Varndeanians, were unable to raise a side and forfeited the game.

Under 15s v Chichester City (h)
Arun & Chichester Youth League Cup Quarter Final

Following the last league outing against Chi City at the CWCS, the young Hornets were determined to fare better with a more solid depth of squad than the fixture back in early October.

The game started quite nervy for both teams but, on seventeen minutes, L Kelly broke the deadlock for the hosts when slotting the ball home comfortably from close range to give the Hornets the early lead. After a tussle in the box, which saw a Chichester player adjudged to have pulled back Kelly, the Yellow and greens were awarded a spot kick which was converted comfortably into the bottom left corner by K Newins on twenty-six minutes. Some continued good disciplined displays from Horsham resulted in Chichester players losing their heads and, like a carbon copy of the league game, their number eleven was sin-binned for dissent.  A late and poorly-timed challenge by the Chi number eighteen later saw S Ayling limp off with a knock to his ankle, with A Raven taking his place.

A mix up with between the visiting ‘keeper and defence, on a corner delivered into the box by L Medrow, saw E Evans slot the ball home to make it 3-0 on thirty-five minutes. Now Horsham were showing their attitude, commitment and discipline in what was turning into a comfortable lead. Just before half time, a foul in the final third saw L York step up to take the resulting free-kick and comfortably strike it low to the ‘keeper’s left and into the back of the net to give the home team a four goal half-time lead.

Horsham started the second half controlled and disciplined again and were game savvy to do all the right things to dictate play.  As the game progressed, Matt Ayling and Ken Osbourne were able to utilise the bench and make a few changes to bring fresh legs on, seeing S Ayling come back in the middle of the park and C Mitchell replacing Medrow. Within minutes of coming on, Ayling made a driving run through the middle, beating two players and drilling a shot from thirty yards into the top left corner, the ball bouncing off the post and into the net. Horsham were now in full control at 5-0 and Chichester’s ill-discipline continued with one more player consigned to the sin bin and another sent-off as the game closed out.

Overall this was a very well disciplined and controlled game by the young Hornets and one that all players, parents and managers can be proud of. Next up, Midhurst and Easebourne in the semi-final on Sunday 5th December.

MTM Autocare Sponsor’s Man of the Match went to E Evans.

Under 18s v Crawley Down Gatwick (h)
Southern Combination Youth League

Mark Hawthorne took charge of the side in the absence of manager Tony Massimo and guided the U18s to a narrow 1-0 win against a hardworking, and enterprising, Crawley Down Gatwick side that, despite their efforts, never really troubled Sessions in the Hornets goal.

Horsham enjoyed early possession and had a couple of half chances before scoring the only goal of the game after twenty-two minutes. S Zagdouni wriggled past a couple of challenges on the edge of the penalty area before teasing up an inviting cross which was met by good header back across the ‘keeper into the bottom corner by J Wallace. The hosts continued to have the better chances but these were either spurned or thwarted by the Anvils ‘keeper who had the knack of reaching goalbound shots before they crossed the line.

The second half saw Crawley Down enjoy more possession but still Horsham wasted gilt-edged chances to kill the game off and, as he did in the first half, the Anvils keeper excelled to maintain a tense end to the game as the Hornets maintained their position at the top of their division.

Main picture (courtesy of Sarah Millard): our jubilant U11s celebrate receiving their Autumn Cup winners medals

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