Horsham District youth football round-up: Horsham start in style

Roffey under-18s
Roffey under-18s

Under-18: Horsham Youth continued with their good start to the Ryman Youth League with a 3-1 home victory over Peacehaven and Telescombe Youth at Broadbridge Heath.

The Hornets had a few early chances but failed to put any away and then had keeper Lewis Blaney to thank with a save to tip a shot over the bar. The visitors were a big strong side who cleared their lines well but eventually the Hornets found a way through. Good work from Connor Cushing, who found George Hole whose cross was met by George Whiting to open the scoring. The second half saw the visitors put together their best spell of the game and were rewarded with an equaliser on the hour mark. Horsham then stepped up another gear and when Ben Collier was brought down the referee awarded a penalty and Jamie Ampleford scored from the spot to put them back in front. Horsham tightened things up to kill off the game and deep in stoppage time scored a third with a majestic strike from Hole.

Loxwood continued their unbeaten start to their Sussex County Youth League campaign with a hard-fought 2-2 draw with Pagham. Loxwood got off to a fantastic start, pressuring Pagham from the whistle and on 12 minutes Stanley Rice cut back from the bye-line to find Jacob Waller, who got in front of his marker to side foot home. Chances were coming thick and fast for Loxwood and Tom Frankland then got a second to see them comfortably 2-0 up at half-time. Captain Alex Parsons and Nick Warmisley were dominating the centre of the park with Tom Killner-Brown, Anthony Guthrie, Callum McHale and Harry Garman looking assured at the back. Pagham obviously had a good team talk at half time, as they came out and scored after two minutes of the restart, mainly from sloppy defending by Loxwood at a corner. Within 15 minutes they had levelled with a volley at the far post from another corner. Aaron Chaplin made a couple of fine saves to keep Loxwood in the game before Ollie Clark was denied the winner by a great save from the Pagham keeper. Loxwood manager Richard Chaplin said: “Both teams played one of the most entertaining games of football I’ve seen in a long time and Pagham pressurised us for a lot of the second half, but the boys would have learnt so much from that game, as did Dave and I.”

Horsham Sparrows U18s came from two goals down to earn a point from their season opener. Sparrows started strong with some good passing, leading to some early chances, however it was Pagham who took the lead with a powerful finish. Pagham then doubled their lead shortly after half-time, the Pagham forward bagging his second with an almost identical finish. However Sparrows remained calm and soon pulled one back, when Daniel Barna’s deflected cross found Dan Stutchbury unmarked to head home. Sparrows then finally found their equaliser when Barna was fouled in the area late on and Jobe Wolfe finished the resulting penalty. The game finished 2-2, thanks to a solid performance from keeper and man of the match Stefan Miedzianowski.

Roffey FC continued their unbeaten run this week with a 0-0 draw against Selsey FC. Roffey were unlucky not to take all three points as an absolutely stunning goal by Conner Messenger was ruled to be offside. The second half was full of goal mouth action but a winner was not to be. A truly professional performance saw Ben Meadows take player of the match for a faultless performance during the second half.


Horsham Under-16s secured their place in the Second Round of the County Cup with a 2-1 away victory at Eastbourne Town. A goal either side of half time from Harry Lee and Will Kerr was enough to see off a battling home side and send Horsham through. Horsham’s first came from a good move down the left involving Callum Nash, Andrew Roberts and Glenn Johnson which led to Lee firing home left footed from eight yards for a 1-0 half-time lead. The home side drew level against the run of play from a free kick but with eight minutes left a great move down the left saw Kerr slot home the winner. Tom Belton was man of the match.


Horsham Sparrows Boys travelled away to East Grinstead and were rewarded with a good 6-3 win. Sparrows took control from the whistle and played some nice passing football, soon securing a two-goal cushion and were 3-1 at the break. East Grinstead put up a good fight but there was only ever going to be one winner with the ever lively David Healy bagging a hat-trick, a brace from Charlie Stack and a goal from man of the match Joel Chinn.

Horsham Sparrows u13 Girls (White) continued their unbeaten start to the new season with an emphatic 10-2 victory over local rivals Crawley Town. Having defeated Worthing Town 5-0 last time out, Sparrows were looking to put in another good performance. They dominated from the off and deservedly went ahead after five minutes through Bronwen Thomas. Just six minutes later Thomas netted again after good work from the Sparrows midfield. At the half-time interval, it was 3-0 with Bronwen completing her hat trick. The second half continued in the same manner as the first. Bronwen scored her fourth of the match and eight of the season with Megan Collis scoring two goals in two minutes. Player of the match Fliss Love bagged the sixth in the 48th minute and Jazmine Younger added a seventh four minutes later. Alex Malzer finished coolly and Jordan Bunday crashed home her first goal for Sparrows to complete the Sparrows account.  The Sparrows defence of Sarah Pepper, Grace Perkins Younger and Kathryn Otley, with ‘keeper Zoe Moore were solid throughout the match winning their tackles and thwarting the Crawley attacks. However tiredness crept into the Sparrows play and Crawley scored two deserved late goals.


Broadbridge Heath U12s continued their good start to the season with a 3-1 victory against St Pauls Panthers. In a close, competitive match, where St Pauls looked good on the counter attack, a spectacular strike from Tom Haylor and a great run and finish from Tom Clark sealed victory. Earlier Broadbridge Heath took the lead through Sam Brooker but were pegged back by an equaliser just after half time. Thanks to man of the match Freddie Packham , Broadbridge Heath were able to hold out for victory.

Horsham Sparrows Girls applied early pressure against the Cuckfield defence but failed to get through as the first half ended 0-0. In the second half, against the run of play Cuckfield went ahead and although Sparrows continued to press they were caught on the counter attack to lose 2-0.


Partridge Green staged a sensational comeback after turning round a 4-0 deficit to claim an unlikely 7-4 victory against Cranleigh. Cranleigh went four up after 20 minutes before Green clawed their way back into the match with goals from Luke Hill and Harry Copeland. Straight after the break Henry James-Gibson scored two goals in two minutes to level the scores and make it game on. Hill then put Green ahead before captain Liam Fuller produced a wonder strike from a free kick 30 yards out, to extend the lead. Oliver Young rounded off the scoring with a well-taken penalty as Green weathered a late storm from a very organised Cranleigh side, with goalie Jack Bridle keeping them at bay.


Rudgwick Raiders Under-nine’s season sprang into life with the early Cranleigh Tournament on September 2, where they acquitted themselves well with two wins, two draws and just the one defeat. The side ably competed with the equally-proficient teams from Cranleigh, Chesworth and Ewhurst. On Saturday September 15 they played host to Heron Way’s well-organised team, where the Raiders prevailed to win both games despite two well-taken goals by the visitors sandwiched between four Raiders players who bagged a brace apiece.