Honours ended even in what turned out to be a hard
fought 1-1 draw with old rivals Highdown Saints for
Horsham Youth U15 on Sunday afternoon. In a game where
chances were at a premium, the young Hornets started
slowly and were lucky not to be a goal down after only
four minutes when a well taken free kick struck the
visitors' crossbar. In fact, Horsham never got going at
all in the first half, spending much of it on the back
A series of corners from the Saints failed to create any
clear cut opportunities but Horsham struggled to get
their passing game going and only some good defensive
work by Jared Ashmole, Joe Petchey, Jordan Walser and
Aaron Pyzer kept the scores level. The young Hornets'
best chance came courtesy of a great run from Andrew
Roberts on the half hour mark but his cross fell just
behind the onrushing Harry Lee and Jack Norris.
The deadlock was broken three minutes before the break
when a through ball from the Saints midfield was not
gathered by the advancing Tom Auston in the Horsham
goal, leaving the hosts' striker with the simplest of
tasks to tap into an empty net. Horsham, however, fought
back and had a strong penalty appeal turned down just as
the whistle signalled the end of the first half.
H/T Highdown Saints 1 Horsham 0
The second forty five was another tight affair but
Horsham started to enjoy a little more possession and
began to play some neat football. Two further penalty
appeals were turned down, the first when Callum Nash
appeared to be upended inside the box and then when Alex
Moore seemed to be tugged back when clean through on
goal. Highdown were still dangerous on the break and
went close when a corner was headed just over the bar.
With the game drifting away and both sides cancelling
each other out, the young Hornets looked as though they
were heading for their first defeat of the season. But,
with only a minute left on the clock, a well struck shot
from Will Kerr hit the crossbar and with the home
defence still reorganising, the ball was threaded
through by Nash for Rueben Selby to run onto and calmly
side foot past the advancing keeper.