Youth suffered their first defeat of the season and in doing
so, went out of the Sussex County Cup at the quarter final stage.
The first half was a very tight affair, with neither side dominating
possession in a congested midfield. Ifield made the better start
to the game, bringing a good save from Tom Auston within the
first minute, only a strong left hand denying the hosts’ striker.
And it was a break down the left from the home side after ten
minutes that lead to the only goal of the game. A clearance
from defence sent the left winger clear, he rounded the advancing
Auston and crossed for the onrushing midfielder to score low
into the bottom left hand corner.
The Young Hornets rallied but, on a muddy pitch, found it difficult
to get their passing game going. A well worked free kick between
Callum Nash and Aaron Pyzer created a chance for Andrew Roberts
but his header was tipped onto the bar by the home stopper.
A succession of corners then followed but still the equaliser
would not come. With five minutes to go before the break, a
Roberts through ball found Harry Lee who perhaps should have
done better with just the ‘keeper to beat. Ross Williams then
had a shot charged down as Horsham finished the half strongly.
H/T Ifield Youth 1 Horsham 0
The second half was a more one sided affair, with the visitors
piling on the pressure. Within two minutes of the restart, Will
Kerr saw a shot blocked after some good work from Roberts and
Nash. Kerr then had a shot that went just over from the edge
of the area and Rueben Selby began to cause problems down the
left, bursting clear but shooting tamely at the ‘keeper.
In a rare attack, Ifield went close, Auston producing another
good save and Alex Moore heading the follow up off the line.
With twenty minutes to go, it was a question of whether or not
Ifield would hold on. Roberts produced a superb run and cross
for the Young Hornets, but no-one managed to get on the end
of it, the ball flashing across the six yard box. Nash was then
sent clear, but his shot was saved by the outstretched leg of
the home stopper.
More pressure and a series of corners still failed to find an
equaliser, and although a header from Roberts looked to have
crossed the line, all appeals were waved away by the referee.
Moore was then sent clear as Horsham converted to three up front
but, although his first touch took him round the 'keeper, a
tight angle ensued and it allowed the home stopper to get back
and make the save. And despite further pressure, some last ditch
Ifield defending meant that, this time, there was no late equaliser
for the Young Hornets.