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HORSHAM SQUAD

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Harry Bachelor

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Finn Bigg

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Liam Clarke

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Dan Cusdin

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Ali Kerr

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Louis Lewis

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George Matthews

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Joe Moss

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Jack Reeves

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Lewis Reeves

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Tom Summerfield

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Subs

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Alfie Carter

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Hugo Cowan

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Eddie Simpkin

Goalscorers

HORSHAM: Matthews, Clarke

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 Hove PARK COLTS 2 HORSHAM 2

Sunday 8th January 2012

Sussex Sunday Youth League

Horsham returned to Hove again after the Christmas break for this League fixture following our exit in the County Cup to Hove Park Colts. With the teams lying 2nd and 3rd in the table this was going to be a crucial result.

Horsham had a very early chance in the 3rd minute with a free kick taken by Jack Reeves in a central position with a good strike but just high, skimming the crossbar. Finn Bigg followed this shortly after with a lofted effort but again just high and wide. Hove bounced back with a volleyed effort and both teams were looking dangerous up front.

Horsham opened the scoring through George Matthews playing on the left after a great long throw in from Bigg picked him out at the far post for a tap in which gave the lads some confidence. A competitive period followed with a battle for midfield domination and some strong, positive defending from both teams being necessary. Each team had to make changes with injuries and Horsham captain Lewis Reeves had to come off after 13 minutes with a toe injury from a heavy challenge but he was able to return to the field later in the game.

Hove came close after 23 minutes with the ball bouncing perfectly at the feet of their striker for the volley but luckily for Horsham his shot was blazed over the bar. Hove pushed for the equaliser gaining a free kick just outside the area. The Horsham wall assembled and, with a last minute shout from the manager, Louis Lewis dropped back to the post to meet the curled free kick with his head to prevent the goal. However, from the resulting corner Hove scored with an excellent headed goal at the front post to bring the match all square after half an hour. Hove then scored again 2 minutes later with a high hopeful ball right into the Horsham goal mouth which was bundled in to take them into the break 2-1 to the good.

H/T Hove Park Colts 2 Horsham 1

Horsham began the second half moving the ball around nicely through the field with one such move giving Ali Kerr the chance for a driving run through midfield then out to Harry Batchelor and winning a throw in near the corner flag. Batchelor had his shot saved from the resulting throw in but this was typical of the lads’ intent to get the ball moving and bring this match back to all square. However, Hove competed at all times and tested Horsham ‘keeper Joe Moss with a stinging driven shot after their striker had cut through Horsham’s central defence. The shot was too hot to handle but Moss did enough to get himself in the way and parry the ball over. Moss showed a safe pair of hands in this half with confident catches as Hove made several long range efforts to keep him on his toes.

Further formation changes were made by both teams, forced by injuries, in this competitive game with the top spot in the League a possibility. However, both teams were still creating chances and Hugo Cowan came close from a volley which was flicked on but saved by the Hove ‘keeper at the foot of his post. Hove came back but again Moss collected safely and released Eddie Simpkin down the left from a throw out and he ran, fending off challenges, to pick out Liam Clarke who squared from the by-line but there was no-one coming in to finish. Clarke showed his pace and determination again with another run leaving two defenders in his wake and cutting inside from the left but his shot was pushed over the bar for a corner. Bigg swung in the corner and Clarke met it at the far post with his head for Horsham’s well deserved equaliser with only six minutes remaining.

Horsham pressed on for the winner and came close from a great free kick by Bigg and a flicked on header from Lewis but the Hove ‘keeper made an excellent save and followed this twice more before the final whistle to keep Horsham out and the game finished 2-2 which was probably a fair result and both teams were happy with their point.

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