Horsham Youth beat Eastbourne Town 3-0 in the First Round of the Ryman League Cup. The Hornets missed chances in a goalless first half but Harry Smith gave them the lead after the restart and Jake Legrange was on hand after a scramble to make it 2-0. Town were reduced to ten men late on and Chris Maxted, pictured, headed a third for Horsham.
Loxwood Under-18s and Crowborough Athletic U18s gave the large crowd who turned up at Plaistow Road a Cup match to remember, with a one man show from an outstanding Crowborough keeper. However, for the second game running, after another sloppy start, Loxwood found themselves behond after two minutes and after 20 minutes they were 3-0 down. The Crowborough determination was evident, though an early Loxwood change to bring on Tom Frankland started to make a difference. Still Crowborough kept their advantage through some excellent saves from their keeper. With an inspired half time team talk, Loxwood came out fired up and immediately a clinical pass from Alex Parsons saw Jacob Waller head in Loxwood’s first goal. Waller got his second with a fierce drive and then the Crowborough keeper came into his own with what can only be said was an inspirational display, pulling off several excellent acrobatic saves from a barrage of goal bound efforts. With an electric atmosphere, Tom Frankland then blasted home Loxwood’s equaliser to make it 3-3.Injury time saw Crowborough earn a penalty, which they converted to make it 4-3, and then it was all backs to the wall for Crowborough as Loxwood totally dominated, but with the Crowborough keeper saving another shot destined for the top corner and Nick Warmisley hitting the post, it just wasn’t to be as Crowborough won 4-3. Loxwood Assistant manager Dave Waller said: ‘How we didn’t win today was beyond belief, but their keeper just had an exceptional game. Even the Crowborough manager was complimentary on our performance saying ‘I’ll be amazed if you don’t win your league on that performance and you’re one of the best teams we’ve ever played.” Loxwood: Aaron Chaplin, Callum McHale, Harry Garman, Luke Polie, Tom Killner-Brown, Anthony Jupp, Alex Parsons, Nick Warmisley, Ollie Clark, Stanley Rice, Jacob Waller, Tom Frankland, Anthony Guthrie , Rowan Harmer.
Roffey U18s continue to reign supreme as they put five passed Sparrows without reply to go three points clear at the top with a goal difference of +20. After a well-contested first 15 minutes Roffey began to play some quality football and Connor Messinger put them ahead with a well struck free kick, and goals from player of the match Zach Black and Harrison Page made it 3-0 at the break.The Sparrows keeper was busy after the break and both Connor and Harrison scored again to complete the victory.
Horsham U16 overcame a tough Predators Tigers outfit 2-1 on Sunday to maintain their unbeaten start in the league. The visitors got off to the perfect start as they were awarded a penalty within 30 seconds of the kick off. Alex Moore was fouled by the Tigers keeper and Will Kerr made no mistake from the resulting spot kick. The remainder of the first half was a fairly even affair, the visitors having the better of the possession without creating any real clear cut chances while Rueben Selby came close to extending Horsham’s lead. The second period was just as tight as the first, but the home side made the breakthrough to level six minutes in to make it 1-1. The Young Hornets responded well though, forcing a free kick on the edge of the area, but Roberts’ strike was deflected wide. Legg then produced a fine save round the post. Kerr saw his thunderous shot from range come back off the post, and after Predators had come close with a header, man of the match Selby raced into the box, beat two defenders and pulled back for Moore to fire the winner high into the roof of the net.
Horsham Sparrows continued their good run of form by defeating St Pauls Panthers 4-2. David Healy scored twice with Alex Cole and Jonah Holt also on target, Nathan Wadey was man of the match.
Partridge Green staged another impressive fightback to overcome table-toppers Chesworth Rovers in an action-packed match in freezing conditions. Chesworth went ahead when they finally found a way past Green stand-in keeper Ben Saunders and just after half-time they went 2-0 up.Green pulled one back with a ferocious long-range strike from captain Oliver Young and he then levelled the scores from the penalty spot.Both sides went looking for the winner, and it was Partidge Green’s Luke Hill who got it when he smashed home late for a 3-2 turnaround victory.Green defenders Liam Fuller, Paddy Keegan, Freddie Holman and man of the match George Coomber were outstanding.
Royal United continued their unbeaten start to the season with two fine victories over Broadbridge Heath Bears. In the first game Royals ran out 7-0 winners with two great hat-tricks from man of the match Frankie Mills and Harry Lee and a fine individual goal from Ben Reymarsh. In the second game Royals completely dominated the game winning 15-0, capping off a fantastic performance by the Royals.