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19/09/14 HORNETS BEATEN BY WORTHING

The U18s went down 3-1 at home to Worthing last night in a match in which all the goals came in the second half. There wasn't much to choose between the two sides in the opening forty-five minutes, although Horsham would have been disappointed not to have taken the lead after Cameron Shadbolt, Andrew Roberts and Will Kerr all went close, but the Hornets' rhythm was disrupted after the break following a poor challenge on Reeves. Worthing scored twice in a matter of minutes and added a third before Kerr pulled one back in the closing moments.

15/09/14 SUNDAY'S MATCH REPORTS NOW ON-LINE

Reports from yesterday's matches involving the U14s and U16s are now on-line and can be found via their respective links at the top of this page

14/09/14 U10s off to a winning start

The newly-formed U10s got their league campaign off to a winning start today when, in front of a large crowd, they defeated Mile Oak Wanderers through goals from Sam Henderson and J J Duran. The U14s made it two wins from two, with a 3-1 win at Woodingdean, and the U16s made it a hat-trick of successes by defeating Peacehaven 4-0. It was, though, a day to forget for Rob McLeod's U15s who suffered an 8-0 League Cup loss at last season's Division One champions Hawks Youth. You can read Rob's report of that match here

11/09/14 JOHN ULLMAN CUP

Horsham U18s have been drawn at home to VCD Athletic in the second round of the John Ullman Cup. The Hornets made it all the way to last season's final of a competition that, for clubs outside of Kent, is by invitation only and put in an excellent performance only to go down 3-2 to Dartford. The winners of the tie will travel to either Faversham Town or Bromley in the third round.

10/09/14 LEAGUE CUP DRAWS

The U14s and U15s have been drawn away in the first round of the Sussex Sunday Youth League Cup. The U15s travel to Brighton to take on Hawks Youth Withdean White this Sunday and the U14s go to Rottingdean Village a week later. The U16s have been given a bye through to the second round when they host Hollingbury Hawks on October 5th.

08/09/14 WOKING TOO STRONG FOR HORNETS

A torrid opening quarter of an hour left Horsham concentrating on damage limitation in tonight' FA Youth Cup tie against a Woking side who looked fighter, stronger and more cohesive all over the pitch. The final scoreline of 7-0, while a tad harsh on the Hornets who battled gamely to the end, was probably a fair reflection on the night's events. Full report...

08/09/14 U16s report now on-line

You can read Steve Batley's report on the U16s' win against Tunbridge Wells Forresters here

07/09/14 ITS A CLEAN SWEEP AS SUSSEX SUNDAY YOUTH LEAGUE GETS UNDERWAY

The Hornets made it a clean sweep of victories on the opening day of the Sussex Sunday Youth League with the U14s, U15s and U16s all getting off to a winning start. Two goals from Bennett secured a 2-1 win over Peacehaven U14s, the U16s returned from their trip to Kent with an identical score against Tunbridge Wells Forresters 66 but the big scorers were the U15s, 4-2 victors over last season's champions Polegate Grasshoppers. Rob McLeod provides the U15s report

04/09/14 HORNETS 5 WHITEHAWK 3

Cameron Shadbolt hit an opening day treble as the U18s got their Ryman Youth League South campaign off to a terrific start, defeating Whitehawk 5-3 tonight, with Jake Chadwick and Kieran Britland adding our other goals. Click here to read report

04/09/14 HORNETS COMPLETE CLEAN SWEEP OF VICTORIES

The U15s made it five wins from five after completing their pre-season programme with a 6-0 win at East Grinstead Meads on Wednesday night, with Joe Humphries taking his summer goal tally to nineteen. Full report here

31/08/14 FALMER MOWED DOWN BY FRIENDLY FIRE

Joe Humphries led the way as the U15s scored an astonishing twenty-two goals without reply in today's latest pre-season friendly. You can read the full report here

30/08/14 U18s 6 CRAWLEY DOWN GATWICK 1

The U18s' final pre-season match was a success for the management and squad as they scored six goals without reply against Crawley Down Gatwick on Thursday night. The match will give them a boost before next week's league game against Whitehawk, who will be a strong side. This was a great opportunity to see the lads as a squad due to so many holidays over the summer the squad is still gelling together as a unit. Goalscorers: Nash (2), Roberts, Kerr, Chadwick, Shadbolt

30/08/14 NINE MAN HORNETS TOO STRONG FOR PARTRIDGE GREEN

Horsham's U15s travelled to Jolesfield Common, Partridge Green on Thursday evening and made it three wins in three from their pre-season schedule. Full report here...

23/08/14 KIT BOOST FOR HORSHAM YOUTH

Horsham Youth are reaping the benefits of maintaining their FA Charter after receiving the news that it will receive a free away kit this season, thanks to McDonald's FA Charter Standard new Kit Scheme. Run in partnership with the FA's Charter Community, the initiative will run over a four year period from 2014 to 2018 with all teams from U7s to U11s of FA Charter Standard clubs receiving one free set of Nike kits. This season Horsham U10s will benefit from this with an all orange away strip.

22/08/14 U18s GIVEN EXTRA PUNCH TO THEIR TRAINING

Horsham U18s' training took a bit of a twist this week, with Alex and Ivan inviting Tom Utting over to put the lads through their paces with a 'boxercise' session to get the lads into tip top condition before the season starts. The lads worked hard in a very tough session and we're sure they will feel the benefits when the season gets under way in a couple of weeks.

22/08/14 JOE HITS A MAGNIFICENT SEVEN AS YOUNGSTERS RUN RIOT AGAINST REDS

Horsham U15s took to the field for the second of five pre-season matches on Wednesday evening and left Furnace Green having produced an excellent display and 12 goals.  Click HERE for a full report.

16/08/14 HORLEY TOWN 2 HORSHAM 1 (U18s)

The U18s played some attractive football in Wednesday night's friendly at the New Defence ground, despite gpoing down to a 2-1 defeat. More details here...

15/08/14 FISHERSGATE FLYERS 2 HORSHAM 4 (U15s)

The U15s got their pre-season schedule underway with a trip to play Fishersgate at Southwick on Thursday evening and returned with a 4-2 victory. Full report here....

12/08/14 BEST WISHES, TONY

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to Kate and Tony Massimo's family after our Under 10s manager was admitted to Worthing hospital's intensive care unit over the weekend. In his absence, the U10s team played a friendly away at Ifield and we would like to thank the coaching staff and all the parents and lads who rallied around and managed to play the match, knowing that Tony would have wanted the game to go ahead. Tony would have been proud of the lads who won 4-2 although, in the second game, fatigue set in and with a number of lads absent this match was a bridge too but there were plenty of positives for the new Horsham side.

12/08/14 U15s PRE-SEASON LINE-UP

Rob McLeod's U15s have announced their line-up of pre-season friendlies, beginning this Thursday at Fishergate. Full list below:

Thursday 14 August - Fishersgate (a)

Wednesday 20 August - Crawley United (a)

Thursday 28 August - Partridge Green (a)

Sunday 31 August - AFC Falmer (a)

Wednesday 3 September - East Grinstead Meads (a)

The lads have been drawn at home to Fishergate in the County Cup, the tie to be played on 21st September.

1/08/14 HORNETS BEATEN AT OAKWOOD

It was a nice warm evening on Wednesday and another short trip took the U18s to Oakwood for some entertaining football, played on a good pitch. With some of the squad still away, and some coming back from holidays, there were changes from last Saturday's match and a chance for the manager to look at other lads within the squad. The Hornets started brightly and were soon a goal up from trialist Cameron Shadbolt from a well worked corner. With a lot of new faces in the side, Horsham's normal flowing football was elusive which gave Oakwood the upper hand and they made changes after the drinks break resulting in the Hornets going in 3-1 down at the break. Team talk done and the lads came out with more desire and urgency. Playing down the hill they had a lot of chances to pull the fixture around, with the team's shape a lot better, and Lewis Reeves scored to pull it back to 3-2 after ehich Horsham dominated but couldn't find the net. Oakwood's defence worked well as a unit and they also had a few chances on the break but the Hornets missed a golden opportunity to level the scores when awarded a penalty in the dying minutes was saved by the Oakwood 'keeper. Plenty of positives to take from the game, but also lots to work on in the next few weeks. The U18s' next friendly is at Horley on Wednesday 13th August.

27/07/14 BEST WISHES, JACK

Our best wishes go to Jack Reeves, who suffered an elbow injury during yesterday's 4-2 friendly loss at Roffey. Youth Secretary Annie Raby said "Jack had only been playing for about ten minutes when it happened, due to a previous injury to Paul Walsh. He has a broken bone in his elbow but should be back with the squad in a couple of weeks. The hospital advised that he just needs to rest his arm."

27/07/14 POSITIVES IN DEFEAT FOR U18s

The U18s, understrength due to holidays and work commitments, were able to call on reinforcements from their former team-mates as they began their preparations for the new season with a friendly at nearby Roffey yesterday. Jamie Ampleford, Jake Legrange and Lewis Blaney were among those now ineligible for youth football and their presence was welcomed under a blazing sun against a strong Roffey side for whom many of the squad will feature in their forthcoming Sussex County Division Three campaign. Despite an excellent playing surface, this was going to be a tough test for the Hornets who included two goalkeepers among their four substitutes. Horsham conceded early when a well executed cross was converted by the hosts but the lads worked hard throughout the first half and created many chances which went wide or high. Both sides spurned efforts, with the home 'keeper the busier of the two, but Roffey struck again just before the break through a soft penalty award for alleged shirt pulling, much to the dismay of the watching crowd. After the break Horsham seemed settled and began brightly and the passing was crisper and it wasn't long before they pulled a goal back with Ampleford's neat cross poked into the net by James Skett. Roffey restored their two goal lead when Horsham were caught on the break, after a scramble in the box, but determination and good play from the Hornets saw Jake Legrange score to make it 3-2. The visitors then controlled the game and were on top in the closing fifteen minutes, creating a number of chances to level the scores, but all their hard work went unrewarded when a ball over the top caught them on the back foot to enable Roffey to score again to emerge 4-2 winners.

Thank you to Roffey for their hospitality which was fantastic and we wish them well in the new season. This was a good workout for the lads and good to get the first friendly out of the way. There were a lot of positives to take away as we look forward to visiting Oakwood U18s on Wednesday night (7pm ko).

8/07/14 NEW LOOK U15s DELIGHT COACH

Paul Gibson declared himself excited at the potential of the new group of U15s as they prepared for the new season by taking part in the Ferngate tournament on Saturday. After progressing through the group stages, the lads needed extra-time to see off Hove Riverdale in their quarter-final tie  before being paired with a strong Wisborough Green side in the semis. Green, winners of the tournament for the past two seasons and who included a number of Crawley United players, tasted a rare defeat when Horsham outgunned them in a penalty shoot-out to reach a final showdown with South Park. After a fantastic effort the Hornets went down 1-0 but Paul was delighted with the effort, commitment and team spirit shown by the boys who all did the club proud with excellent performances throughout the day. All the boys went home tired, and with individual trophies.

26/06/14 TRIALISTS DON'T DISAPPOINT

Horsham Youth's under 18s began their pre-season training this evening for what will be a very new look squad. With many of the lads from last year's squad no longer eligible for youth football, this summer's trials are very important as Horsham Youth start to rebuild for the new season in the Ryman Youth League. All age groups have generated a great deal of interest ahead of the 2014/15 campaign and that was the case again with the under 18s who had a very good turn out and a very promising first session.

17/06/14 NEW BOYS SECURE SPONSORSHIP DEAL

Horsham Football Club are proud to announce that Horsham Youth Under 10s will be sponsored by local company, Covers Timber and Builders Merchants. Horsham Youth would like to thank Covers for their support and the newly formed side will be proud to wear their sponsored shirts. Covers' sponsorship has also provided Mini Minor Goal posts which will see plenty of Horsham action over the new season as the side shapes up. Last weekend's trials, held at Southwater Leisure Centre under the management of Tony Massimo and Tim Roberts, saw 20 players try out for the new side with a great interest from local players who want to play for Horsham Football Club.

9/06/14 U15s TRIALS BRINGS OVERWHELMING RESPONSE

Horsham U15s held their trials on Sunday and what a fantastic turn out it was for the new manager at this level. A big thank you goes out to every one of the sixty trialists who turned out from the local area and worked very hard in red hot temperatures. Due to the large numbers there will be a second trial match to be held next week. Due to demand we will be holding two trials for players interested in joining our U10s, from 10am-12 noon, and then 1pm-3pm, both taking place on Saturday June 14th. There is a change to the U18s' trial date, which will now take place at 6.45pm on Thursday 26th June. Interested players should contact Ivan Raby for further details.

3/06/14 YOUTH TRIALS UPDATE

Trials for Horsham Youth U14s will take place over three days, 12th, 18th and 22nd June with the first two trials taking place between 7pm and 8.30pm and the latter between 1030 and 12 noon. Anyone interested in coming along should contact Youth Secretary Annie Raby on 07800 922442. Other age groups will hold trials as follows:

Under 10s: June 14th, 10am - 12 noon (contact ivan.raby@btinternet.com)

Under 15s: June 8th, 10:30am to 12:30am (contact rmcleod68@yahoo.co.uk

Under 16s: June 8th, 2pm - 3.30pm (contact ivan.raby@btinternet.com)

Under 18s: July 3rd, time to be advised (contact ivan.raby@btinternet.com)

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