Horsham youth football round-up: Boost for Horsham Sparrows

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Horsham Sparrows will be making the most of an early Christmas present from Sainsbury’s in Horsham.

The club has been provided with 72 new training bibs as part of the Bags for Life-funded Sainsbury’s Community Grant scheme, helping charitable groups in the local community.

Chris Cooper, club secretary for Horsham Sparrows said: “ It is only through the generous support of local businesses, large and small, that the club is able to deliver football to over 250 boys, girls, ladies and men thorough the 17 teams participating in the club this season.” Sainsbury’s Horsham Store Manager, Derek Boarer added: “When we heard about the Horsham Sparrows’ needs we were really pleased to be able to help out.”

Under-18:

Three Bridges 2, 
Horsham 1

Jamie Ampleford scored Horsham’s consolation when they suffered just a second defeat this season, losing 2-1 against Three Bridges.

Whyke United 2, 
Roffey 6

An injury stricken Roffey went to Whyke United for a top vs bottom clash, and recovered from the shock of going 1-0 down in style to run out 6-2 winners. An early penalty had Roffey on the back foot, but in a scrappy match, with challenges flying around, Roffey fought back. Goals came from; Zach Black, a Chris Nicholson hat trick and two from Alex Holmes. Roffey stay top of Division A of the Arun and Chichester League as they continue to be the only team with an unbeaten record. Man of the match went to Chris Nicholson for his hat-trick heroics.

Under-15:

Black Hawks 0, 
Horsham Sparrows Girls 6

Charlotte Long scored a hat trick in a player of the match performance to inspire Horsham Sparrows Girls to an impressive 6-0 defeat of Black Hawks. Sparrows were on the front foot from the first whistle and it wasn’t long before Long gave her side the lead. A clearly confident Sparrows then settled into the game, although Black Hawks continued to battle hard for every ball. Long went on to complete her treble in style, while Kate Beavis scored her first goal for the team and Megan Stonestreet added a brace. Player of the match was hard to pick thanks to a string of fine individual performances, but Charlotte Long’s efforts made her the stand-out performer.

Under-14:

Broadbridge Heath 2
Brockham 1

Broadbridge Heath produced an excellent display to beat Brockham 2-1 in a highly competitive league game, Heath’s first since September. Heath played some great passing football but fell behind against the run of play. In the second half Heath continued playing quality football and were rewarded with an equaliser, Ashley McDermott-Roe produced a pin point cross from the right which was met perfectly by Mitchell Clark who headed home from six yards. Five minutes later Heath were awarded a free kick 25 yards out, and up-stepped Jordan Bell who fired an unstoppable curling shot in off the crossbar to give Heath a 2-1 lead. There were some excellent performances throughout the team but a special mention goes to centre backs Joel Colbran and Bell who were superb all game and the industrious Kenny Pearce who was excellent at left back. BBH: Morgan, Enticknap, Bell (c), Colbran, Pearce, Clark, Buchanan, Kirkham, Haines, McDermott-Roe, Sizzey. Subs Tusler, Osmaston

Heath have also progressed in both Cup competitions reaching the semi-final of the league cup beating East Grinstead 7-4 with Ashley McDermott-Roe scoring four, Alex Bralsford two and Taylor Stevens one, all three players are new signings this season. Heath have also reached the fourth round of the County Cup having beaten both Chichester City and Three Bridges 5-1 in the previous two rounds. They play ASC Strikers this Sunday for a place in the quarter finals.

Sedlescombe Rangers 2,
Horsham 6

In the only Horsham Youth fixture to take place on a freezing Sunday morning, the under-14s maintained their unblemished record with a 6-2 win at Sedlescombe Rangers. It had looked as if their two-hour journey to Hastings had been in vain when the pitch was declared unplayable following the overnight frost but, having agreed to wait for the likely thaw, the match went ahead 90 minutes late and the Hornets took full advantage to score a fine victory. Goals came from Connor White, Johden de Meyer, Mitchell Gadd, Charlie Townsend and a brace from Neil O’Rourke. The under-15s and under-16s were less fortunate, with both their games called off, while the U18s were handed a walkover victory against Predators Youth in the County Cup.

Under-12:

Chesworth Rovers 4, 
Steyning Strikers 0

Elliott Bennett bagged an impressive hat-trick as Chesworth Rovers maintained their 100 per cent record with a hard-fought 4-0 defeat of Steyning Strikers. The visitors are well known for their resolute defence and excellent goalkeeper and they kept Chesworth at bay for much of the game, only to concede two late goals in each half. Elliott Bennett scored a couple in quick succession just before half time, the second a stunning lob from the right hand side of the 18-yard box. The Strikers soaked up the Chesworth pressure in the second half until five minutes from full-time, when Bennett completed his hat trick with Jack Frankland completing the scoring a minute later.

Under-12:

Horsham Sparrows Girls 3,
Eastbourne 2

A Charley Simpson brace saw Horsham Sparrows girls recover from 2-0 to claim a famous victory against the league leaders. Sparrows came to this home fixture hopeful of a result, but Eastbourne had other plans and had taken the lead within two minutes. Eastbourne continued to press and the first half ended 2-0. In the second half Sparrows fought back and two goals from Charley Simpson and one from Ellie Hutchinson gave sparrows the 3-2 win. Daisy Beddall was the Sparrows player of the game.