NEWLY crowned league and cup double-winning champions Horsham Youth Under-16s travelled to Hassocks for a mid-week clash on Wednesday, and continued their fine form with a 4-1 victory.
An early strike by Greg Gander forced the Hassocks keeper into tipping the ball onto the bar, rebounding into the path of Jake Legrange, who confidently opened Horsham’s scoring.
Hassocks replied immediately after, a powerful shot from outside the box skimming awkwardly past keeper Lewis Blaney, but Horsham went into half-time ahead thanks to Stanley Rice’s blistering run and perfect cross for Tom Kilner-Brown to score.
In spite of battling atrocious conditions and a progressively deteriorating pitch, Horsham continued to apply pressure and enjoyed much of the possession.
Ollie Clarke made a scintillating run down the right wing and unleashed a power shot that was just pushed wide by the keeper.
Attractive passing movements and good link play by Harry Smith and Tom Kilner-Brown led to Horsham’s third and a brace for Tom. Harry Smith broke through Hassocks’ defence, forcing the keeper into a low save that he failed to hold and Harry Garman was on hand to strike the ball into an unguarded net for Horsham’s fourth.
Horsham manager Dave Waller said: “It was a great team performance in such testing conditions and some of the interplay from both sides was a delight to watch.
“Again another great result from the lads to emphasise their dominance this year in front of the excellent support for Horsham on such a wet night.”