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Horsham YOUTH UPDATE

We are now three months into the season so time for a small round up of this season's squads (these notes were written on 3rd December).

Horsham U14s have started the season off extremely well, winning all but one of their fixtures in the Sussex Sunday League, Sussex County Cup and League Cup which is no mean feat as the opposition are stronger in this league but the lads have adapted to the new challenge fantastically well under the guidance of Richard and Jason. In the Sussex County Cup they have won both 1st and 2nd round ties which puts them in a great spot to continue through to the final stages. The League Cup performances have been great with the team progressing into Round 4 while Liam Clarke has been scoring for fun and already has 13 goals to his credit. Horsham are sitting at the top of the table but Hove Park Colts are hot on their heels, only a point behind.

Horsham U15s have seen most of last season's squad stay together and Barry and Duncan have worked wonders with them as the lads go from strength to strength. To date, the side has played 7 league games and sit at the top of the table with a fantastic 17 points, as well as continuing to make progress in all the cup competitions. The teams around them are not far behind but Horsham have games in hand. The squad are in a large league this season and it will be tough to get all the games in so lets hope this glorious weather stays with us so we don't lose any football over the winter months. Callum Nash is red hot in front of goal, scoring 15 goals so far, but his team mates are also firing on all cylinders with 12 goals from Andrew Roberts and Harry Lee with 9. The lads are through to the 3rd round of the Sussex County Cup and play Worthing Minors Youth who they beat 5-0 in the League Cup, another cup in which the team is doing well having reached the 4th round.


Horsham U16 are now under the management of Dave Waller and Andy Hole following the departure of Ian Meadows at the end of last season. The current campaign has also started well, in this their 2nd season in the Sussex Sunday League, winning their 4 league games far. Their league progress has been stop/start due to some of the lads being called up for the County's U16 Reps side and cup action, which is fantastic achievement for all. The lads are progressing nicely through the Sussex County cup Completion and are through to 3rd round after beating Eastbourne Utd Colts with the League Cup also proving fruitful The squad are currently sitting 2nd in the league with games in hand. Zak Comber is top scorer for the side with 11 goals, with Jake Legrange 6 and Harry Smith with 5 goals. A number of the U16s have been brought through to the U18 squad and have been a credit and have shown that they can cut it at Ryman Youth League level .

Horsham U18
manager Ivan Raby and coach Alex Barron have had a tough start to the Ryman Youth League and cup campaigns this season and are at the wrong end of the table but the young side have been working hard and hope to change their season around as they go into the New Year. The side has won through to the John Ullman Cup 2nd round (a competition they were invited into by the Kent League). With the Floodlights lights going up at Broadbridge Heath this means the side can move back to their temporary home in the town instead of having to travel out of the town to play their league games, which is great news even though its looking short lived with the possible closure of the Leisure complex. We will be playing some games at Three Bridges, when it is available, and some at Broadbridge Heath so we can complete the season. On the plus side, some of the squad have been involved with the 1st team, which is fantastic for the lads, and lets hope under the new management of Hugo that this continues. Dean O'Keefe scored his 1st goal for the senior side away at Hendon to secure a draw for the side. All the U18s who have gone with the 1st team have been a credit to the Youth Section and the same applies to the U16s who have stepped up to U18s level. Zak Comber is top scorer with 5 but all the lads have done exceptionally well at Ryman Youth level which is a massive jump from their Sunday football.

Horsham 1st Team are also having a torrid time and can't seem to buy a point at the moment and are also at the wrong end of the table, with a second new manager taking over the reigns in Hugo Langton, assisted by coaches Craig Wilkins and Ivan Raby and Goalkeeping coach Alex Barron. With the money restraints at the Club we hope that Hugo maintains his belief in the youth in the same way that Justin Luchford did as we will only keep, and attract, the most talented lads to the Club if we continue to show them there is progression though the Club and the Youth players have a chance of playing for the Home Town Club.

Finally a big thank you to everyone involved in the management and coaching of the sides and all supporters of the youth sides. We could not run with out your commitment and hard work.

Horsham Football Club, Goring's Mead, Brighton Road, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 5BP
Telephone: 01403 266888 |
Email: horshamfc@yahoo.co.uk