High fives for Hornets - youth football round-up

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Under-16 - HORSHAM Youth returned jubilant from a long trip to Rye Utd, beating them 5-1. Parsons latched onto a loose ball, finally opening the scoring after several chances were missed.

This only spurred on Rye who responded with a counter attack that saw Lewis Blaney perform a superb, athletic save. Minutes before the half-time whistle, George Hole unleashed a long-range free kick that was just tipped over the bar ending an exciting first half.

Jake Legrange immediately added to the score sheet sending home a Tom Kilner pass. Yet again Rye responded with an excellent attack on goal and a powerful shot. The outstretched Lewis Blaney could only parry into the path of an oncoming striker who pulled one back for the home side. Horsham then upped their game displaying an excellent team performance.

Ben Collier took advantage by running onto a Jake Legrange through ball and netting Horsham’s third.

Legrange was rewarded for his efforts when he fired home a loose shot earning him a brace,and Horsham’s fourth. To their credit Rye never gave up but a miss timed tackle brought down Zac Comber and a penalty was awarded. Ollie Clarke calmly stepped up to mark and confidently slotted home Horsham’s fifth.

Horsham Squad: Ben Collier, Zac Comber, Alex Parsons, Harry Smith, Jacob Waller, Greg Gander, Harry Garman, Anthony Jupp, George Hole, Stanley Rice, Lewis Blaney. Subs: Jake Legrange, Tom Killner-Brown, Ollie Clarke

BROADBRIDGE Heath were up against it but put up a tough battle before losing 3-0 at home to Heron Olympic.

From the restart after going behind, Heath found their opening through the Heron defence, with shots on goal from Richard Castle, Ben Martin, and Adam Bolitho; each time the Heron keeper denied them. Heron found their second via a volley and at half-time Heath were down 2-0.

Heath stepped up their game and in a consolidated period kept the Heron keeper busy, but the ball just would not go in the Heron goal.

They looked to regain something out of the game but in the end Heron won 3-0.

Broadbridge Heath Player of the Match: Ben Martin.

Heath are forming a new under-18s team and are looking for experienced players between the ages of 16 and 18 next season who would like to play U18s County League football. Anyone interested should ring 07714 677183.


LOWER Beeding Lions came out trumps to beat local rivals Broadbridge Heath 4-0.

Lions, though took the lead thanks to an Andrew Roberts header from a corner.

Broadbridge Heath then dominated for long periods before Glen Johnson’s strike on the break put Lions 2-0 ahead. The second half saw Broadbridge Heath come close to scoring a number of times but Lions added two more goals, from Glen Johnson and Cllum Nash. Lions Man of the Match: Liam Ruz.


HORSHAM completed a business-like performance to beat Hangleton Rovers 4-1.

Lewis Reeves pounced following a corner to crash the ball home for an early Horsham lead.

Lewis Reeves put in a nice ball over the top to find Clarke and he controlled on his thigh and promptly lobbed the ‘keeper for Horsham’s second goal.

Nick Bristow pounced for Horsham’s third on 59 minutes with a superb left-footed volley on the turn, after flicking the ball over his head, right into the corner of the net.

Hangleton pressure told with a penalty which they converted to pull one back. Bristow was on hand again to add his second from another corner, volleying home sweetly with his right.


CHESWORTH Rovers retained the league title with a 3-0 win over Storrington Vipers.

Their Goals came from Franklyn Taylor, Jamie Holme and Daniel Weekes.

Chesworth manager Dean ‘Dixie’ Laker said: “I’m very proud of the team’s amazing achievement and would like to thank the boys, coaches and the parents for all their support this year.”

They hope to complete the double when they play in the Frank Geiss Memorial Cup Final at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre on Saturday, April 28.


HORSHAM Sparrows took the lead from a Maddie Grey strike after a goal-mouth scramble. In the second half a Hannah Gardner penalty put Sparrows further ahead. Cuckfield continued to attack and it took a final goal from Charley Simpson to give Sparrows the 3-1 victory.

Player of the Match: Charlie Simpson.

CHESWORTH Rovers beat Southdown Rovers 5-0 in a friendly.

Both teams adapted well to a hard, bumpy pitch but it was Chesworth who were just on top throughout and took their chances well as well as defending tightly and winning the midfield tussle.

Tom Evans led the line with two well-taken goals from crosses, with Henry Browning adding another two and Josh Baker’s short-range blast putting the icing on Chesworth’s cake.


ROFFEY Robins Rockets beat Upper Beeding. Defenders Oliver Broom and James Savage scored their first goals of the season, meaning all their players have scored this season.

They are now recruiting for new players. Anyone interested should ring Rob on 07775 647983.


GOALKEEPER Oscar Curran was outstanding for Broadbridge Heath and pulled off several fine saves during their two close matches against Henfield. In-form Julian Durand scored for Heath, while Phelan Jeffery shone during the second game.