IT WAS a mixed week for Horsham FC’s youth teams, but Southwater and Horsham Sparrows girls recorded impressive wins.
SOUTHWATER Under 18s denied Rustington Otters’ title challenge with a crushing 2–0 win.
Southwater settled first and created chances with Dan Rose going close, but Southwater suffered a set-back halfway through the first half when captain Will Nash was injured and had to be replaced by the dynamic Luke Holmwood.
As Rustington came back into the game, keeper Ryan Grimes made a couple of fine saves and Southwater’s defence of Cameron Masters, Nick Robins, Jack Morgan and Matt Hempstead were extremely effective in shackling Rustington’s attack.
The second half was equally tight until Rustington were awarded a hotly disputed penalty. Man of the match Grimes though pulled off a dramatic save and shortly afterwards Southwater went ahead when Fabio Sarlo lobbed the Otters’ keeper.
Otters pressed forward for an equaliser, but again Southwater’s defence, with Calum Laver replacing Hempstead, held firm.
In attack George Moore and Sam Wilson provided width down both flanks and Southwater doubled their lead when Sarlo raced past two defenders and slid the ball beyond the on-rushing keeper to give Southwater a well deserved and toughly fought victory.
TWENTY frantic first-half minutes look as though they may have cost Horsham Youth U15 the league title, as they lost 4-1 to Predator Tigers.
The Young Hornets failed to turn up until the second half, by which time they were 4-0 down and had a mountain to climb.
In a much-improved second half Oliver East scored a consolation with an unstoppable shot into the top corner. Callum Nash was man of the match.
HORSHAM saw off the League title challenge of Spartan FC today by taking all three points to leap-frog them into top spot.
Finn Bigg and Liam Clarke had early chances for Horsham, Bigg running from within his own half and earning a corner, which he took for Charlie Belton to put wide, and Clarke then saw a long-range effort well saved.
Hornets keeper Jack Reeves calmly caught a swirling free kick and his side then took the lead on 21 minutes, Bigg with an excellent solo goal, beating three defenders before finishing low across goal.
After good work from Alfie Carter and Hugo Cowan, Ali Kerr won a corner. Bigg floated it in to find Louis Lewis lurking at the back post but his shot was just wide.
After a Spartan injury they equalised to go into half-time 1-1.
Horsham brought on subs Eddie Davis and Eddie Simpkin and created some early chances, while Tom Summerfield tidied up at the back.
Just over halfway through the second half Kerr headed Horsham back into the lead from a corner, and in an exciting finish Horsham were denied further chances before settling for a 2-1 win.
Horsham can seal the title with a win at home to Eastbourne Borough.
Hornets: Belton, Bigg, Nick Bristow, Carter, Clarke, Cowan, Cusdin, Kerr, Lewis, Reeves, Summerfield. Subs: Davis, Simpkin.
A SUPERB team performance saw Horsham Sparrows Under-11 girls win 7-0 away against the much-improved Newhaven Blacks team on Sunday.
Charlotte Simpson scored a hat-trick), and also on the score sheet were Katie McGrane (two), Ellie Hutchinson and Madeleine Grey. The game capped a terrific first season together in which they ended as runners-up in the Sussex County Women and Girls Football League.
AFTER an even first match against Chesworth, Roffey Robins conceded a couple of late goals to go down 4-1. They got instant revenge however, winning the second match deservedly 2-1.
AFTER their last meeting turned into a thriller, Partridge Green again faced Lingfield and once again the match did not disappoint.
The Green goals were scored by Jimmy Mcleod and Sam Arnold who came on for the second half. Robert Sanders picked up the player of the match for the Green for his outstanding performance in midfield.
THERE were goals galore as Henfield took on Chesworth. In the first match Sam Arnold scored a hat-trick, including one straight from a corner, while Julian Durand scored the winner late on with a shot from the edge of the box.
In the second match there were good performances from Ben Searles and Oscar Cheung.