Youth football round-up: Roffey in stunning fightback

An immense comeback saw Roffey under-18s reach the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup by beating Summer Park Rangers 7-4.

One of the big positives from this game was how Roffey kept their shape and discipline when Summerley Park were losing theirs. Roffey showed great character to win it in extra-time, with the seven outstanding goals coming from Ollie Rivers (two), Connor Messinger (two), Chris Nicholson, Harrison Page and a first club goal for Dav Campanaro.


Lower Beeding Lions bounced back from last week’s disappointing cup exit with a seven-goal win over Broadbridge Heath. Lions started well but were being kept at bay by a determined Heath until Andrew Roberts scored midway through the first half. Callum Nash was then fouled in the box and Roberts duly converted the penalty for his second, and Liam Ruz’s cool finish from a splendid Lions move made it 3-0. Lions helped themselves to four more, Ruz with two to complete his hat-trick and strikes from Ed Kear and Callum Nash. Jacob Dean was Lions’ man of the match.


Showing fantastic character, Horsham Sparrows Girls didn’t give up when 3-0 down, pulling it back to 3-2 and if the game had lasted another five minutes they might have drawn level. Charlotte Long and Sienna Hayden scored Sparrows’ goals and player of the match was Amber Sherwood for a battling midfield display.


Goals from David Healy, Charlie Stack, Joel Chinn, Nathan Bhatti and Jacob Tombling saw Horsham Sparrows overwhelmed Handcross and Lower Beeding 5-1. In a superb team display, David Healy was the man of the match