Youth football round-up - Horsham Youth U18s beat YM while Roffey Robins end Chesworth’s perfect record

JPCT 100312  Billingshurst FC under-sevens showing off their new kit. Photo by Derek Martin
JPCT 100312 Billingshurst FC under-sevens showing off their new kit. Photo by Derek Martin

HORSHAM Youth Under-18s beat local rivals YMCA with a comfortable 3-0 victory in the Ryman Youth League.

A very young Hornets team started the brightly and after a trip in the box striker Zac Comber converted a penalty. YM responded well and Horsham keeper Lewis Blaney was on fine form with some good saves.

A minute before the break Horsham doubled their lead with a great goal from Harry Smith.

The second half saw YM throw all they could at the Hornets but the defence stayed strong with Greg Gander outstanding. With Jack Surlis and Connor Cushing running the midfield it was no surprise when Ryan Hallett netted Horsham’s third.

Under-16

HORSHAM Youth unleashed a goal-scoring rampage on their visit to Hawkes Youth Withdean, running out 9-0 winners.

George Hole opened the scoring with a stunning left-footed strike, Stanley Rice converted Jake Legrange’s cross on the turn for a second, and Horsham went in at half-time three up thanks to a goal from the prolific Legrange.

After the break a second-half hat-trick from Stanley Rice and goals from Ben Collier, Legrange with his second, Greg Gander and Anthony Jupp completed the rout.

HORSHAM Sparrows produced the goods against Steyning with a 1-0 win. Joey Calder-Smith latched onto Dan Stutchbury’s knock down to put Sparrows ahead before half time.

Sparrows could have had more but for the Steyning keeper, denying Zac Chinn and man of the match George Baker with acrobatic saves. Steyning were denied a late penalty shout, but Sparrows never looked like losing.

Under-15

LOWER Beeding Lions lost to title chasing Horsham Tigers 3-2. In a closely-fought encounter, Lions took the lead early in the second half with a fine strike from Glen Johnson.

Tigers came back strongly and replied with two in quick succession. Andrew Roberts’ superb solo effort brought the Lions level, but with only minutes remaining Tigers scored and took all the points. Charlie Blair-Rains was Lions man of the match.

A HARD-FOUGHT 3-2 win over Predators Tigers maintained Horsham Youth U15’s 100 per cent home record.

Tigers took the lead from a free kick but the young Hornets were quick to respond with man of the match Alex Moore slotting home. And just four minutes later Horsham took the lead when a long Jordan Walser throw was allowed to bounce and Glenn Johnson hooked in.

Horsham had chances either side of half-time before Andrew Roberts finally gave them some breathing space with a curled free kick. Predators scored to make it a nervy last five minutes but Horsham saw them out for another valuable win.

Under-11

ROFFEY Robins showed great character to keep their title hopes alive by ending Chesworth 100 per cent record with a 2-0 win.

Chesworth had the better chances in a scoreless first half, Callum Jeal defending brilliantly to keep them out, while Chesworth’s Jed Hooper-Ridsdale hit the bar.

Robins keeper Harry Powling pulled off a fine save at the start of the second half to deny Jack Frankland and almost straight away Max Furber looped a shot in for the opener and Kri Bicknell’s goal from a corner secured the points.

Chesworth now need four points from their last two games to secure the title. Both sides meet again in the cup final on April 28.

Under-ten

PARTRIDGE Green returned to winning ways in a hard-fought 4-2 victory over an impressive Broadbridge Heath outfit.

Oliver Young opened the scoring for Green before player-of-the-match Matthew Sanders doubled the advantage. Henry James-Gibson headed Green into a 3-0 lead just before half-time.

Heath played strongly and made it 3-1 early in the second half before Henry James-Gibson scored his second of the game. Heath did score again, but Green ran out eventual winners.”

Game two was an equally entertaining encounter as Green record a 3-0 victor.

Harry Copeland scored twice either side of a quality strike from Luke Hill.

Jack Bridle was player-of-the-match for Green with a string of brave saves.

Under-nine

AFTER defeat last week away at Three Bridges, Roffey Robins Rockets came from 3-0 down to beat Steyning 7-3, Finley Harper inspiring Roffey with a hat-trick.

Under-sevens

AGAINST the ‘Barcelona of the Under-sevens’, Henfield saw good battling performances in midfield from Julian Durand and Sam Hill with good saves from Louis O’Reilly.

In the second match Will Davies scored, and good performances came in midfield from Cameron Young and Alistair Daly.

BILLINGSHURST FC Under-sevens are jumping for joy after being given a new kit from sponsors Thakeham Homes, pictured.

Julian Rooney, sales director for Thakeham Homes Ltd, said: “We are delighted to have sponsored the Billingshurst under-sevens football club kit at a time when lots of youth facilities are struggling for funding.

“Being a local company that has just moved from Billingshurst to Broadbridge Heath we firmly believe in supporting as many locally based causes as we can, and wish them the very best for the rest of their season.”