It was a mixed bag for Horsham Rugby Club’s Under-14s in their last friendly ahead of the new season.
Playing two games against a strong Guildford side, things were looking good for the young Green and Whites in the first game as they led 12-0 at half time. In a frantic start James Purbrick scored a good try under the posts, converted by Josh Medley and John Matthews’ try had them well set at the interval. They had Chris Fennelly dismissed though and Guildford took advantage. They hit back with two tries of their own to level at 12-12. Horsham though held their nerve and Medley went over in the corner to give his side a 17-12 win. The rain picked up for the second game which saw Horsham well and truly tested with a 58-0 defeat. A great first game should give Horsham confidence and although another big loss is tough to take, the side can take comfort from the fact they have been tested against some of South England’s best teams who all play in the A-league, so the side should be ready for a good season in the B-League, which kicks off on October 7.