Youth policy pleases Horsham boss Colbran

JPCT-03-03-12  FOOTBALL: Horsham v Tooting at Gorings Mead. New manager Simon Colbran, first game in charge. S12100629a -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT-03-03-12 FOOTBALL: Horsham v Tooting at Gorings Mead. New manager Simon Colbran, first game in charge. S12100629a -photo by Steve Cobb
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REMAINING positive, Simon Colbran was pleased with his three teenage substitutes during Horsham’s 3-0 defeat to AFC Hornchurch on Saturday.

A depleted Horsham side missing six first team regulars were comfortably beaten with goals from Martin Tuohy, Lewis Smith and Leon McKenzie.

Horsham also missed a late penalty when Urchins stopper Joe Woolley saved Wayne Clark’s spot kick, but it wasn’t all doom and gloom for manager Colbran.

Teenagers Dean O’Keefe, Harry Smith and Zak Comber all came off the bench and did well in the second half to leave their manager with something to be positive about.

“It was always going to be tough with so many missing,” he said. “And we are talking about a side who could well be playing Conference South football next season. We’ve made a few errors and missed a penalty, so when you look at it like that there’s not much in it.

“And when you think that we finished the game with two 16 year olds and a 17 year old as well that is very positive.

Everywhere I’ve been I’ve always looked to bring youngsters through and they have a great opportunity to show me what they can do and hopefully I’ll be able to help them progress. I thought all three of them did really well.”

Colbran is holding a meet the manager with Horsham fans this evening at Gorings Mead, starting at 7.30pm.