Horsham youth football round-up: Harry’s first minute goal inspires Hornets

Horsham under-14s in their new kit
Horsham under-14s in their new kit

Under-18: Harry Smith’s goal after just 25 seconds set Horsham on their way to a 3-0 defeat of Bognor Regis Town.

The Hornets were dominant and doubled their lead when Jake Legrange headed home after a scramble in the box and Smith slotted in his second to make it 3-0 at the break. In the second half, Horsham defended confidently to snuff out any Bognor threat as the Hornets saw a number of good chances go close.

Tom Frankland hit a brace as Loxwood were comfortable 4-1 winners against Littlehampton Town. Adam Laker and Harry Garman were also on the scoresheet, And on Sunday, the young Magpies beat Clymping 3-0 thanks to goals from Joe Smallwood, Ollie Clark and Harry Garman.

Roffey were always in control from the moment Chris Nicholson hit the first of his five goals in the first minute of their 9-1 defeat of Pagham. 4-1 up at the break, Roffey pressed their advantage home in the second half with further goals from Nic Mathers, Dav Campanaro, Zach Black and Herrison Page. Man of the match was Ollie Rivers


Lower Beeding Lions raced into a 2-0 lead against Roffey Robins Athletic thanks to goals from Matt Streater and Aaron Pyzer. The match swung one way then the next as Roffey hit back, only for Laim Ruz’s brace to make it 4-1 - two more Roffey goals set up a tense finish but Aaron Pyzer made sure with the Lions’ fifth. Joe Wright was man of the match.

Horsham bowed out of the Sussex Cup after a battling 3-1 defeat to Hastings. Against a physical Hastings side, Alex Moore went close early on before Ben Legg made a fine save. Horsham grabbed the opener when Andrew Roberts and Callum Nash combined to find Will Kerr’s run, and Kerr lobbed the Hastings keeper with a cool finish. Hastings started the second half well, and after Legg was called into a good save, a right foot shot was rifled into the bottom corner to pull the hosts level. And three minutes later, the game was turned on its head when a Horsham free kick was cleared and Hastings broke to score a thrilling second. Horsham replied with plenty of pressure, but the game was killed off with 15 minutes to play , when Hastings scored a third from a flowing move.


Jess Whibley scored on her Horsham Sparrows Girls debut, but it was no more than a consolation at the break as Worthing Town took a 3-1 lead into half time. An improved Sparrows performance saw them grab a goal back, but Worthing’s fourth killed the game off. Kate Beavis was player of the match.

Horsham beat Eastbourne at the fourth time of asking after three weather-forced postponements. Finn Bigg’s curled free kick gave the Hornets the advantage, and a second goal almost followed from Charlie Belton, before Liam Clarke buried Bigg’s cross for Horsham’s second. Keeper Jack Reeves preserved the two-goal advantage with a good save, Bachelor got his first Horsham goal with a cushioned header at the far post after being picked out by Bigg with another superb cross. Bachelor then stepped up to take a free kick a few minutes later just outside the box and his strike crashed against the underside of the bar and span out but Clarke followed up to make sure and headed Horsham into the break four up. Half time substitute Nick Bristow made an immediate impact, scoring within a minute of coming on and then fired home his second after Miller’s through ball.


Horsham Youth are proud to be wearing their new kit, sponsored by local business ABM Building.

Horsham would like to thank Clinton Gadd business owner for his support in sponsoring Horsham Youth Under 14 for the 2012 -2014 seasons.


Horsham Sparrows acquitted themselves well, but narrowly lost 3-1 in a cup game against top of the league Holmbury Wolves. Sparrows deservedly took the lead through a Jacob Tombling goal but conceded a quick equaliser. The game looked to be heading towards extra time but Wolves scored two late goals. Jack Bovey was man of the match.

Horsham Tigers and Southwater served up a 14 goal thriller in the plate. Tigers’ scorers were Nicholas Bird (two), Taylor Longhurst, Lewis Rendall and Cavan Tierney, while Josh Brine, Byron Grimwood, Ethan Grimwood (two), James Hartley, Marcus Laker, Matt Waller and Alex Smith (plus an own goal) made the score sheet for Southwater.


Jack Frankland rattled in five goals as Chesworth Rovers beat a spirited Lower Beeding and Handcross side. The scores were 1-1 after 20 minutes, but inspired by Frankland’s goals and Elliott Bennett’s brace, Cheswoerth booked their place in the seni final against Cranleigh Comets.

Player of the match Issy Donnelly and Charlie Simpson both scored hat tricks in Horsham Sparrows Girls’ 10-2 defeat of Crawley Wasps, as Sparrows went 6-1 up by half time. Further goals came from Maddie Gray and Daisy Beddall.


Partridge Green’s cup hopes were dashed in a 4-3 loss to Cranleigh. Harry Copeland put the Green in front, and although Cranleigh pulled level, Liam Fuller’s corner was spectacularly volleyed home by Oliver Young. With chances at both ends, Green’s lead was extended when Copeland netted for 3-1. But Cranleigh clawed it back to 3-3, and snatched the winner with a clinically taken chip.


Rudgwick Rovers under-nines ace Billy Tomlinson has been selected to attend the Chelsea youth football academy in Cobham, Surrey. Meanwhile, the Rovers have reamined unbeaten thanks to a 5-5 draw and win against with Lingfield, before the Rudgwick Raiders drew 2-2 with Broadbridge Heath, and then beat them by a three goal margin.