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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.


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. After last week's win at Fishersgate it was nice to play on a good surface against Horsham District ‘A’ League side Crawley United. The early exchanges were fairly even as both teams looked to pass the ball around midfield and it was still 0-0 when Horsham defender Liam Neale fell awkwardly and injured his hip before being replaced by Joe Clarke. The re-shuffle didn’t seem to affect the Hornets and they were soon ahead when Tallon Baker found Joe Humphries and the big striker held off his marker and coolly slotted home for 1-0. The lead only lasted for 5 minutes, the referee pointing to the spot after Clarke was adjudged to have pushed the Crawley striker. The decision looked harsh but the spot-kick was despatched and the score was level at 1-1. Within a minute the home side were ahead – a good move down the left flank, pulled back cross and easy tap in for 2-1 to Crawley. With 16 minutes gone and the young Hornets trailing it was difficult to imagine the game panning out the way it did, Horsham going on to score 11 more goals and produce a top quality performance all over the pitch. It all began with a bullet header for Horsham and Humphries' second goal after a great cross from Harry Neale, and the striker completed his hat-trick a minute later. This time the delivery was from winger Ben Hainsworth, the knock down from Harvey McLeod and the assured finish from Humphries. The Horsham number nine was at it again moments later when McLeod's chip sent him through one on one with the keeper, and a neat lob made it 4-2. The Crawley defence had no answer to Humphries and he made it 5-2 before half time with another strong run and finish.
Despite a three goal cushion the hungry visitors started the second half in much the same way as they had ended the first. Louis Blake's far post corner was met by the head of Harry Neale and only a fine, fingertip save prevented the midfielder from scoring. The next corner was cleared to Joe Clarke who hit an unstoppable drive into the far corner for 6-2. It got even better for Horsham when temporary centre-back Josh Brett waltzed out of defence, beating three challenges, before feeding Joe Humphries to make it seven. Harry Adams then produced an excellent cross that was poked home by Humphries for his 7th goal of the night. Brett then sent a 20 yard screamer crashing against the crossbar and Louis Blake followed up for 9-2. There was still time for three more Horsham goals – McLeod setting up Brett for ten, Joe Clarke sliding home for eleven and Josh Brett with the final goal of the match. To their credit the home side never gave up but in truth Horsham were far too strong for them and now look forward to 3 friendlies in a week, starting at Partridge Green next Thurday 28th August. Man of the Match – you guessed it, Joe Humphries for his brilliant 7 goals.
Horsham – Tom Gandy, Joe Blake, Liam Neale, Louis Blake, Harry Adams, Josh Brett ©, Harry Neale, Ben Hainsworth, Tallon Baker, Harvey McLeod, Joe Humphries. – subs – Joe Clarke, Sam Hughes, Sam Kendall.

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. The Hornets welcomed back Andrew Roberts, Callum Nash and Will Kerr and a few new faces from their holidays but as the squad comes together they still had a few lads away. This was a great opportunity again to look at the new members to get a run out in the yellow & green. Horley started very brightly while it took the Hornets time to settle but after a while the passing football started to show on a difficult surface but it was Horley who were on the score sheet first just before the stroke of half time. Horsham made changes after the break and were rewarded when Jake Chadwick scored with a shot that was too hard for the Horley 'keeper to keep out even though he got a hand to it. The Horsham lads kept their composure throughout the match but were undone late on when Horley scored a second. The Hornets worked hard and its another game played that will help improve all the squad as they start to bond for the new season. Horsham were pleased to be able give their holidaying squad some much needed game time before the season starts. With two more friendlies in the next couple of weeks, the squad is starting to come together.


The U15s got their pre-season schedule underway with a trip to play Fishersgate at Southwick on Thursday evening. With 6 players missing due to holidays the new team took to the field for the first time in a 3-4-1-2 formation and started brightly on a poor surface. In fact it took only 5 minutes for the Hornets to find the net with captain Josh Brett beating his marker on the edge of the box and firing home in style. Both teams had started at a good pace and tried to pass the ball around but Horsham almost doubled their lead on 9 minutes when a good passing move finished with winger Ben Hainsworth shooting just wide from 10 yards. Within a couple of minutes it was indeed 2-0, Joe Clarke on target when his cross looped over the stranded Fishersgate keeper and into the net. The Hornets were now on top and had chances to increase their lead – the best of which was when Hainsworths through ball found Harvey McLeod and the striker went round the keeper only to see his shot cleared off the line. The home side started to find their feet and push forward and were rewarded when a long cross caught out the visitors defence and the ball was prodded home to reduce the deficit. Sixty seconds later it was 2-2 and this time it was the Flyers who were celebrating a cross finding its way into the net. The response from Horsham was excellent and Sam Hughes sent over a fine cross which was headed down to Brett whose half-volley was well saved by the home keeper. The pressure was building and on the half hour the Hornets were back in the lead, more good work by Hughes, a lay off to Hainsworth and his shot looped over the keeper. It was almost 4-2 just before the break when a great passing move between Brett and Clarke finally found Tallon Baker whose curling shot was turned over for a corner.

H/T – Fishersgate 2 Horsham 3

The second half saw Horsham assert themselves and take the game to Fishersgate. Josh Brett and Joe Clarke were running things in the middle of the park and most attacking moves came through them. Brett took on 3 defenders before feeding Sam Hughes and the striker held off his marker before seeing his shot tipped over by the busy goalkeeper. It was only a matter of time before the visitors increased their lead and the goal duly came on 58 minutes. Good work on the right flank by Jacob Polson set up substitute Sam Kendall, who in turn found Hughes, the Horsham striker beat his man and drilled a low shot which deflected up and over the keeper to make it 4-2. Tallon Baker seemed to be everywhere on the pitch and was supporting both wide players as well as probing through the centre of the Fishersgate defence. Horsham were well on top at this stage and should really have made more of a host of half chances that came their way. The closest they came was when Brett found Louis Blake wide on the left and the winger strode forward and unleashed a dipping 25 yard drive that shook the far post before Polson forced the keeper into a fine save with the follow up.
The Under 15s now move on to Crawley United next Wednesday (Aug 20th) before further friendlies at Partridge Green, Falmer and East Grinstead Meads.


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.


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.


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."


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Under 15s: June 8th, 10:30am to 12:30am (contact

Under 16s: June 8th, 2pm - 3.30pm (contact

Under 18s: July 3rd, time to be advised (contact

25/05/14 U18s earn praise in defeat

Beaten but not disgraced would summarise the U18s' performance in going down 3-2 to all-conquering Dartford in last week's John Ullmann Cup Final. Twice the Hornets overcame a one goal deficit to take the tie in to extra-time only for the Darts to snatch the winner with only 2 minutes remaining. A match summary can be found here


Horsham’s U18s will hope to follow in the footsteps of Gillingham, Crystal Palace, Millwall and Tottenham Hotspur by winning the John Ullmann Cup. We spoke with Kent Youth League officials and Horsham Youth manager Ivan Raby, to get their thoughts ahead of Monday's final. More...


Ben Collier chose the perfect time to score his first goal of the season to help inspire the U18s to a memorable victory over Bearsted in tonight's John Ullman Cup semi-final. The Hornets skipper netted on the stroke of half-time to halve the deficit after Kaswayne Williams had shocked the hosts with a brace of goals and a second half hat-trick from Jake Legrange ensured that it would be Horsham who will meet Dartford in next Monday's final. Full report...


Horsham's U18s will take on Bearsted this Tuesday evening in the semi-final of the John Ullman Cup after original opponents Ramsgate were thrown out of the competition for fielding an ineligible player. The tie will take place at Worthing FC's Woodside Road, kick-off 7.30pm, and our thanks go to the Rebels for allowing us use of their ground at such short notice.


Horsham Youth are looking for players for each of their five age groups for the 2014/15 season and will be holding trials over the coming weeks. Details below:

Under 10s: June 14th, 10am - 12 noon (contact

Under 14s: To be advised (contact

Under 15s: June 8th, 10:30am to 12:30am (contact

Under 16s: June 8th, 2pm - 3.30pm (contact

Under 18s: July 3rd, time to be advised (contact


Horsham Youth will find out this week who their John Ullman Cup semi-final opponents will be, with the case against Ramsgate allegedly fielding an ineligible player in an earlier round due to be heard this Wednesday. Once this has taken place the Kent Youth League will make a ruling on how the competition will move forward. Dartford await either Horsham, Ramsgate or Bearsted in the final.

02/05/14 U18s FINISH FOURTH

The U18s had to content themselves with a fourth placed finish in the Southern section of the Ryman Youth League after last night's 3-0 defeat at Bognor Regis Town. Victory for the Rocks lifted them over the Hornets to take third spot behind champions Burgess Hill Town and runners-up Worthing. Despite this second successive defeat, 2013/14 has been an excellent season for the lads who still hope to finish the season with some silverware in the John Ullman Cup. Full report...


Tuesday night's John Ullman Cup semi-final tie has been postponed pending an investigation by the Kent FA after it was alleged that our opponents, Ramsgate, fielded an ineligible player in an earlier round. Further updates will follow in due course


The U15s were beaten 13-0 at Rustington Otters yesterday to end the season bottom of the table with just one win from their eighteen games. Full report...


The U18s went down to a 2-0 defeat at Burgess Hill on Tuesday night, a result that saw the Hillians claim their fourth successive league title while keeping the Hornets' own hopes of finishing as runners-up in the balance. Full report...


A rare goal from Kieran Wootton helped the U16s record a winning end to their season with Wednesday night's 2-1 victory over Patcham United. The Hornets will hope that Hove Park Colts slip up in their final match, also against Patcham, if they are to take third spot. Jay Hide scored our other goal. Meanwhile the U18s drew 0-0 with Lewes to complete their home fixtures in the Ryman Youth League South on Thursday evening. The stalemate means that Horsham are all but guaranteed a place in the top three and remain in with a shout of toppling leaders Burgess Hill whose match at Worthing was abandoned due to an injury to a Worthing player. Elsewhere, Ramsgate beat Bearsted 3-1 in their John Ullman Cup tie to set up a semi-final visit to Horsham on Tuesday 29th April.


Both the U15s and U16s suffered defeats this Sunday, with Harry Bachelor and Matt Hards' goals not enough to prevent the U16s from going down 4-2 to Hove Park Colts who leapfrog Horsham into third place, while the U15s fell to their eighth straight defeat at the hands of Eastbourne Borough. You can read the U15s report here


Horsham Football Club will be hoping to expand its youth set-up to five sides for the 2014/15 season and will be holding trials at U15, U16, U18 and its new U10 and U14 age groups from Sunday 27th April. Anyone interested should contact Annie Raby.

10/04/14 SEMIS AWAIT FOR U18s

Goals from Andrew Roberts and Stanley Rice enabled the U18s to shake off the disappointment of last week's 2-1 defeat to Hastings by progressing to the semi-final stage of the John Ullman Cup, thanks to tonight's 201 victory over Herne Bay.


The U15s suffered another defeat on the road on Sunday, this time going down 6-1 to an impressive Barnham side, but once again there were encouraging signs for the future. Full report...


Horsham U16s moved into 3rd place in the Sussex Sunday Youth League table with a 4-2 victory over Three Bridges yesterday. Liam Clarke opened the scoring after just 6 minutes and Harry Bachelor added two more before the break, either side of a Bridges reply. The visitors threatened a share of the spoils when they pulled a second goal back but Matt Hards ended any doubts by netting a fourth for the Hornets who will be hoping for a huge swing in goal difference from their remaining two matches if they are to take second place. Full report...


A Man of the Match display from goalkeeper Owen Andrews couldn't prevent the U15s from slipping to a narrow 1-0 defeat at Three Bridges on Thursday night. Full report...


Horsham's hopes of claiming the Ryman Youth League title were dealt a blow when they were beaten 2-1 at home by Hastings United last night. The Hornets are five points behind leaders Burgess Hill having played a game more and have just three matches remaining, including a visit to the Hillians on 22nd April. Full report...


Goals from Nick Bristow and Matt Hards earned the U16s a narrow 2-1 win over Patcham United Amber this evening to leapfrog their opponents into 4th spot in the Sussex Sunday Youth League table.


A win and a defeat was the Sunday summary for Horsham Youth as the U15s were beaten 3-1 at home by Denton & South Heighton Wolves and the U16s won 3-0 away to Three Bridges, with Harry Bachelor, Matt Hards and Ali Kerr getting our goals.


An 85th minute goal by Jake Legrange ensured that honours ended even in tonight's clash with leaders Burgess Hill at Broadbridge Heath. The visitors had gone ahead through a Will Miles header but Adam Wicking equalised, just before the interval. Harrison Cheeseman restored the Hillians' lead in the second half before Legrange notched his 29th of the season to keep Horsham two points behind Burgess Hill with four games to play. Full report...

27/03/14 U18s in Top of the table clash tonight

Second placed Horsham host leaders Burgess Hill Town this evening in a top of the table Ryman Youth League clash at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre (ko 8pm). The Hornets are just two points behind tonight's opponents, having played a game more, and with only five matches remaining Ivan Raby's side will want to take maximum points to set up a tense finale to the season. Admission is just £2.50 adults and £1 for U18s


The U18s leapfrogged back above Lewes and into second place in the Ryman Youth League table this evening, courtesy of a 3-0 at Whitehawk where Andrew Roberts (two) and Jake Legrange were our scorers. Full report...


Louis Lewis' first Hornets goal was in vain as the U16s lost for the second successive weekend, going down 3-1 to Hastings United today. Full report here. The U15s also suffered an off day, beaten 3-0 by Hove Rivervale, but pushed their high-flying opponents all the way. The U15s' report can be found here.

21/03/14 Fish have had their chips as u18s march on

The U18s are through to the quarter-finals of the John Ullman Cup after last night's 2-1 win over Fisher. Jake Legrange and Andrew Roberts scored the goals to avenge our defeat against the South Londoners in last season's competition to set up another home tie, this time against Herne Bay. Full report...


AFC Brighton & Hove gained instant revenge for last weekend's County Cup defeat to Horsham by winning today's league match 2-1 to take over at the top of the table, damaging the Hornets' own title aspirations. Full report...


Tallon Baker scored his first goal for the Hornets today but it proved to be a mere consolation as the U15s were beaten 7-1 by title-chasing Ratton Rangers. Full report...

14/03/14 HorNETS GO TOP

Goals from Jack Manton, and a brace from Jake Lagrange, saw the U18s to victory over Bognor Regis Town last night to leapfrog Burgess Hill Town at the top of the table. Full report...

10/03/14 Horsham trio help county to a draw

Horsham U16s trio Jay Hide, Harry Bachelor and Matt Hards were all in the Sussex FA's Representative squad that drew 1-1 with their counterparts from the Amateur Football Alliance yesterday at Lancing FC's Culver Road. Matt played his part in Sussex's spot-kick equaliser after being fouled inside the penalty area. Jamie Spoor's report on the match can be read here

10/03/14 Hawks swoop to conquer

The U15s were the only one of our youth sides in action this weekend and they went down to a narrow defeat at home to Hollingbury Hawks. After a goalless first half, the Hawks opened the scoring but makeshift striker Kwame Ansah levelled things up only for the visitors to pinch a late winner. Full report...

07/03/14 Horsham too strong for REBELS

Top scorer Jake Legrange took his season's tally to 23 as the U18s beat Worthing 3-1 at Broadbridge Heath last night to avenge their opening day defeat at Woodside Road. Stanley Rice and Tom Frankland chipped in with a goal apiece to take the Hornets in to second place in the Ryman Youth League South table. Full report...


Anthony Scott provides an excellent report on Sunday's U16s County Cup Final, courtesy of Click here to view


Our congratulations go to Richard Wootton and his U16s after today's 2-0 win over AFC Brighton & Hove in the final of the Sussex John Davey County Cup. Harry Bachelor and Matthew Hards scored our goals and we hope to bring a full report on this game in the next couple of days. Photos from the match can be viewed at the websites of Terry Buckman and Simon Roe.


Lancing FC is the venue for Sunday's Sussex County (John Davey) Cup Final as the Hornets' U16s take on divisional rivals AFC Brighton & Hove (11am kick-off). The two sides met at the end of October with Brighton taking the honours, courtesy of a 3-1 scoreline, but Horsham are unbeaten since that meeting and only three points separate the two clubs in the Sussex Sunday Youth League.

24/02/14 U16s book final appearance

The U16s are through to the final of the Sussex County Cup, courtesy of yesterday's 3-0 win over Patcham United. We hope to provide a full report in the coming days. The final will be played at Lancing FC on Sunday 2nd March, the Hornets opponents being AFC Brighton & Hove.


Last Sunday brought just gallant defeat for out two sides in action, with the U18s bowing out at the semi-final stage of the County Cup for the second season running (beaten 1-0 by Bognor Regis Town) and the U15s putting on a brave showing at Ratton Rangers were they were edged out by a 5-4 margin. Reports on both these matches can now been found under their respective homepages (see above)

02/02/14 Horsham Youth in cup semi-final action today

Horsham's U18s are in Sussex County Cup semi-final action this afternoon when they take on Bognor Regis Town at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre, kick-off 2pm. Admission to the match is just £2.50 adults and £1 for U18s and the boys would really appreciate your support.


No matches were possible again on Sunday as the bad weather continued to frustrate our U15s and U16s sides.


Tonight's Ryman Youth League South match against Hastings United was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

19/01/14 U16s upset high-flyers

In their first match for six weeks, the U16s recorded their fourth league win of the season with a fine 3-2 victory at second-placed Hangleton Rovers today. Harry Bachelor, Finn Bigg and Liam Clarke scored Horsham's goals. The U15s' match at Barnham Trojans was postponed. Match report.....


Horsham Football Club is delighted to announce that it has retained its FA Charter Standard status for 2013/14. More...

12/01/14 Weather 1 Horsham 0

It was another victory for the weather today with the U15s' match against Hollingbury Hawks postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. The U16s were without a game.

05/01/14 Sunday washout

Both of today's games involving the U15s and U16s were postponed due to waterlogged pitches. Elsewhere, the U18s' opponents in the semi-finals of the Sussex County Cup are now known after Bognor Regis Town beat Roffey 6-3 in today's quarter-final. The tie will be played during the first week of February, with the Hornets given home advantage.

19/12/13 Match reports

Full reports on last weekend's U15s and U18s matches are now online. See each youth section for details.

16/12/13 Andy's handy for Hornets as semi-finals beckon

Andrew Roberts was the Horsham hero with the only goal of yesterday's game against Worthing that earned the U18s a Sussex County Cup semi-final date with either Bognor Regis Town or Roffey. The good news continued with the U15s gaining their first league victory of the season, courtesy of a 3-2 win at Hollingbury Hawks. We hope to bring reports on both these matches later in the week. Unfortunately the U16s had to concede defeat in their League Cup quarter-final against Hove Park Colts after being unable to field a side.

11/12/13 First win 'not far away' for U15s, believes coach

New U15s coach Paul Gibson feels that a first win of the season isn't far away after his improving side went down 2-1 at ASC Strikers on Sunday. The injury-hit Hornets showed good character to reduce the arrears after trailing 2-0 at half-time, with Robbie Woodward heading in Horsham's consolation and Matty Dale going close with a late header. Full report...


Jake Legrange took his tally to 22 goals for the season with 4 more in a 7-0 rout of Eastbourne Town last night that sent the Hornets in to second place in the Ryman Youth League table. Will Kerr, Stanley Rice and Adam Wicking completed the scoring. Full report...

08/12/13 Lads keep their nerve to move into semis

The U16s held their nerve to move into the semi-finals of the County Cup after a penalty shoot-out victory over Hastings United today. In an evenly-fought encounter, Jay Hide gave the Hornets a first half lead but Hastings hit back to level after the break and, with neither side able to find a further breakthrough in extra-time, the tie went to the dreaded lottery of spot-kicks with Hide coming up trumps again to fire the winning shot. Full report...

06/12/13 Hornets up to third after routine win

Horsham moved up to third in the Ryman Youth League table after last night's 2-0 victory over Peacehaven & Telscombe, with Jake Legrange and Andrew Roberts scoring the goals. Full report...

01/12/13 U16s topple leaders

Goals from Finn Bigg, Hugo Cowan and Matthew Hards helped the U16s to victory over table-topping Hove Park Colts in a dress rehearsal of their League Cup meeting in a fortnight's tie (full report here). The U15s, though, remain rooted to the bottom of the table after going down 4-1 at home to Eastbourne Borough, Jamie Gibson scoring our consolation goal. Full report here

29/11/13 U18s enjoy big cup win

The U18s enjoyed a 6-0 win over Bromley in the First Round of the John Ullmann Cup last night. Playing at Broadbridge Heath, our scorers were Jake Legrange, Stanley Rice and Will Kerr who each scored twice. Full report...

24/11/13 New look Squad step up and show desire and determination

Horsham Youth would like to give a big welcome to all the new squad players for the U15s, along with new manager Paul Gibson who has worked very hard over the last two weeks recruiting new players. The new look side were a pleasure to watch away at Oakwood in today's Sussex County Cup 3rd round tie where, with seven changes of personal and only one training session behind them, the lads put in a brilliant performance. In the first half they conceded two goals due, no doubt, to nerves and a little uncertainty but as the match went on the side grew in stature and became confident in their own ability and played some nice passing football. In the second half the squad held most of the possession and were unlucky not to get something out of the game. On reflection there is plenty to build on and, as the side gel together and train together, the results will come. Well done, and thank you, to all involved today in what was a great team effort from Paul and coaching staff and volunteers. Full report...

24/11/13 Finn treble sets up Bigg win

Finn Bigg doubled his season's goal tally with a hat-trick as the U16s enjoyed a comfortable victory at Saltdean to move into the quarter-finals of the Sussex Sunday Youth League Cup today. Having needed extra-time to see off the same opponents in their recent County Cup clash, the Hornets were given no such trouble this time around, scoring six times after the break to set up a tie with league leaders Hove Park Colts next month. Full report...

21/11/13 Bognor match postponed

Tonight's Ryman Youth League match against Bognor Regis Town was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

17/11/13 a Winning Sunday for the Hornets

The U18s are through to the quarter-finals of the County Cup with an extra-time win over Lancing today. Callum Nash, with a penalty, Jake Legrange and Andrew Roberts were the Hornets' goalscorers to set up a last eight tie with Worthing next month. The U15s weren't in action but the U16s were able to claim only their second league win of with Ben Roberts' first goal of the season enough to defeat bottom side Seagulls FC. A report on the U16s' match can be seen here

14/11/13 Hastings defeat takes U18s off top spot

A 2-0 defeat at Hastings saw the Hornets drop to second in the Ryman Youth League table tonight. Full report...

11/11/13 Hornets through to quarter-finals

Horsham's three 'Bs' scored the goals against 'Three Bs' to progress into the quarter-finals of the Sussex County Cup yesterday. Bachelor, Bristow and Bigg did the damage to knock out near neighbours Three Bridges and set up a last eight tie with either Hastings United or Peacehaven Youth. Full report here...

04/11/13 U15s hoping to strengthen squad

The U15s are looking to strengthen their squad after Sunday's 4-1 loss to Rustington Otters left them rooted to the foot of the Sussex Sunday Youth League table after six games. Do you think you have what it takes? If so, contact U15s manager Alan White for further details. The U16s picked up their first league points of the campaign with Harry Bachelor and Matt Hards' goals earning the lads a 2-1 win over Seagulls.

31/10/13 Draw takes Horsham to top of table

A 3-3 draw at Lewes' Dripping Pan was enough to take the U18s to the top of the Ryman Youth League South table tonight. Full report...

27/10/13 Hornets beaten on the coast

The U16s remain rooted to the bottom of the table after a 3-1 loss at AFC Brighton & Hove today, where Ali Kerr's second goal of the season proved to be merely a consolation for Richard Wootton's side (full report here). The U15s' match with Ratton Rangers fell victim of the weather.

25/10/13 Big win sends Hornets into second place

The U18s moved into second place in the Ryman Youth League South with an 8-0 win over Whitehawk last night, their fifth successive league victory. Further details to follow

22/10/13 Black Hawks report, part 2!

Twins Jack and Lewis Reeves have sent us their slightly different perspective of the U16s' recent League Cup win against Black Hawks. Report....

21/10/13 Nash hat-trick sends Hornets through

A hat-trick by Callum Nash helped the U18s secure a 6-1 victory over Steyning Town to set up a County Cup third round clash with Lancing. Jake Legrange, who scored his 11th of the campaign, provides the match report here

20/10/13 under-strength Hornets hammered at home

Our injury-hit U16s went down to a heavy defeat to Hangleton Rangers today, trailing 5-0 at half-time before rallying slightly to lose 6-1. Adrian Carter sent us this match report. Elsewhere, the U18s marched on in the County Cup, thanks to a 6-1 victory over Steyning Town Community but the U15s are still to pick up a league point after going down 4-0 to Denton & South Heighton Wolves

20/10/13 Whyteleafe too strong for Hornets

The U18s were unable to provide the club with some much needed cup joy, going down 4-1 at Whyteleafe in Thursday's League Cup tie. Jake Legrange scored our goal. Full report...

17/10/13 Horsham Youth mourns former player

Horsham Football Club are saddened to hear of the news that former youth team player James Brynin was killed in action this week while serving his country in Afghanistan. More...

17/10/13 Nick's news.....

Continuing our series of match reports from our youth team players, Nick Bristow has provided us with his take on the U16s' dramatic 4-3 win over Saltdean United. More...

13/10/13 Horsham Youth left singing in the rain

Both the U15s and U16s won through to the 3rd round of the County Cup with come-from-behind victories today. Special praise goes out to Alan White's U15s who shrugged off last weekend's heavy defeat, and the handicap of conceding an early goal, to edge out ASC Strikers 2-1 with goals from Mitchell Clark and Joel Mann. The U16s put in an epic performance away to Saltdean United, coming back from a 2-0 half-time deficit and the dismissal of Jay Hide, to win 4-3 in extra-time. A full report on the U16s' heroics can be seen here

10/10/13 U18s defeated in FA Youth Cup

Horsham U18s are out of the FA Youth Cup after going down to a 1-0 defeat at VCD Athletic tonight, the game's only goal coming in the second half. Full report...

08/10/13 Sunday round-up

The U15s and U16s were both in action at the weekend but suffered contrasting fortunes with the U15s going down 6-1 to early pacesetters Hover Rivervale, with Joel Mann netting Horsham's consolation goal, but the U16s recorded a comfortable 8-2 win over Borad Oak & Horam to make progress in the League Cup. The visitors stunned Horsham by taking an early lead but Finn Bigg was scorer and creator to give the Hornets a half-time lead and, although Broad Oak remained in the tie after both sides scored again after the break, their goal was breached a further five times in the last twenty minutes to give Horsham the victory. We are pleased to bring you two reports on this match, from regular reporter Adrian Carter and 'guest scribe', goalkeeper Kieran Wootton. Full report....

02/10/13 Roberts goal enough to secure victory

Andrew Roberts' first goal of the season was enough to secure victory for the Hornets over Eastbourne Borough in tonight's Ryman Youth League South clash. The victory is Horsham's fourth from five attempts in the league and lifts them up to third place behind leaders Worthing on goal difference. Full report...

29/09/13 U16s go goal crazy in CUP CONQUEST

Three players hit hat-tricks in the U16s' 15-0 demolition of Black Hawks FC in today's Sussex Sunday Youth League Cup tie. Harry Bachelor led the way with a personal tally of 4 goals but he was ably supported by Liam Clarke and Matt Hards, who each hit trebles, and there were goals for Finn Bigg, Hugo Cowan, Lewis Reeves, Nick Bristow and Niall Miller. Adrian Carter's report on this match can be found here. The U15s were less successful, exiting the competition 3-2 against Tunbridge Wells Forresters. Elsewhere, our congratulations go to the U18s' Ben Collier and Jake Legrange who were called into today's first team squad that defeated Faversham Town 2-0 in the FA Cup.

25/09/13 Hornets have six appeal in Youth cup triumph

Horsham moved into the to the next round of the FA Youth Cup after a 6-0 win at Woking-based Westfield tonight, with goals from Jake Waller, Jake Legrange, Connor Cushing, George Hole, Adam Wicking and Callum Nash.
Full report

22/09/13 Cup successes for Horsham Youth

It was County Cup weekend for the U15s and U16s and both progressed through to the next round with comfortable victories. Harry Batley helped himself to a hat-trick as the U15s got their first win of the new campaign with an 8-0 victory over Seagulls FC, with Darren Helsdown (2), Mitchell Clark, Mason Doughty and Connor White sharing the other goals, while the U16s bounced back from last week's loss at Hastings United with a rather more modest 4-1 triumph at Sedlescombe Rovers. Liam Clarke (2), Finn Bigg and Matt Hards were the Horsham scorers.

20/09/13 U16s report

Jake Legrange hit his tenth goal of the season, and Jake Waller notched the other, as the U18s produced an excellent 2-1 victory over previously unbeaten Lewes tonight in their Ryman Youth League Cup tie. A full report can be found here. Elsewhere, the U15s match at Three Bridges was postponed.

19/09/13 U16s report

Two reports on the U16s' visit to Hastings United last Sunday are now on-line.

18/09/13 Connor earns first team call-up

Our congratulations go to U18s midfielder Connor Cushing who was named in the first team squad for Tuesday night's FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round replay against South Park. Connor made a brief cameo appearance at the end of the game, coming on for striker Jamie Cade

15/09/13 Mixed success for Horsham Youth

It was a day of mixed fortunes for our three youth sides today. The U18s take all the headlines with a 13-0 rout of Chichester City to progress in the County Cup, Callum Nash (4), Jake Legrange (3), Andrew Roberts, Will Kerr, Adam Wicking, Ollie Clarke, Jake Waller scored the goals, with the help of an own goal from a Chichester player (full report here). The U15s opened their goal account for the new season, scoring four times against ASC Strikers, but they ended the match pointless after the visitors scored five of their own in reply. William Curry scored a debut goal but the young Hornets let slip a 3-1 lead to concede the winning goal just three minutes from time (full report here). The U16s made the long journey to Hastings United but returned home on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline in what was their first outing of the campaign.

13/09/13 FA Youth Cup Draw

Horsham have been drawn away to Woking-based Westfield in the 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup. The tie is due to take place on 25th September with the winners facing either Tooting & Mitcham United or VCD Athletic in the next round.

13/09/13 Four goal Jake shoots down Borough

The U18s recorded their third straight win with a 4-1 win over Eastbourne Borough last night, with Jake Legrange scoring all four goals. Report here...

09/09/13 U18s fixture list updated

A full list of the U18s' fixtures can now be seen HERE

08/09/13 Disappointing start for youngsters

The new Sussex Sunday Youth League campaign got off to an inauspicious start for the club's U15s and U16s today with the U15s going down 5-0 at home to Branham Trojans and the U16s unable to fulfil their fixture due to a lack of available players.

08/09/13 Dean Magnus, a friend remembered

Horsham Youth were saddened to learn that Dean Magnus has passed away after a long battle with illness. Dean's son, George, played for Horsham at youth level before going on to make a number of appearances with the first team where he became one of the youngest lads to play in the Brighton Charity Cup at only fifteen years of age. Dean was a great supporter of not only George but the whole of the squad and wasn't just a parent but a friend. Dean was happy to help out with getting lads to games and had been known to run the line on County Cup days. He was a supporter of sport in general and was involved at Horsham Cricket Club as well as football at Forest FC, Loxwood and Horsham YMCA. Dean will be remembered as a nice guy with a big heart who will be sadly missed and his passing will leave a big void for many people. Our thoughts are with Dean's wife Paula, sons George, Harry and daughter Cyd.

Ivan & Annie x x
Horsham Youth

Dean and I used to have regular conversations about the quality of the youth team and if they were ready for first team action. Dean was always so pleased to see a youngster come through and his enthusiasm was infectious. He was always keen to explain why a lad deserved a chance and I know John Maggs had his ear bent once or twice, I certainly did ! A great guy, a lover of all sport and he will be truly missed in our community.
John Lines
CEO Horsham Football Club

06/09/13 Where there's a Will, there's a win!

Will Kerr scored twice, and Jake Waller another, as the U18s beat a strong Eastbourne Town side 3-1 at Broadbridge Heath last night. Report here...

27/08/13 U18s up and running with victory at Peacehaven

George Hole and Jake Legrange grabbed the goals as the U18s secured their first win of the season with a 2-0 success at Peacehaven & Telscombe last night. Report here...

20/08/13 Hornets downed at Worthing

The U18s got their Ryman Youth League campaign off to a losing start, going down 4-0 at Worthing on Monday night. Report here...

18/08/13 Preparations end in victory over Stones

Stanley Rice scored twice as the U18s ended their pre-season programme with a 4-2 victory over Maidstone United on Thursday evening. The Hornets, who face Worthing in their Ryman Youth League opener tomorrow, led 2-0 at the break thanks to goals from Jake Legrange and Will Kerr and although Maidstone reduced the deficit in the second half Rice hit a double to make it 4-1 before the visitors scored a late penalty. Report here...

12/08/13 Sussex Sunday Youth League fixtures

The U15s and U16s can begin planning their respective assaults on the Sussex Sunday Youth League title after the fixtures for the 2013/14 campaign were released today. The season kicks off on Sunday 8th September, with the U15s at home to Barnham Trojans and the U16s hosting Patcham United Amber. The full fixture lists can be found on each age group's pages (see links above).

12/08/13 Clarke double helps Hornets to victory on the coast

A Liam Clarke double helped the U18s record a 3-0 victory at Selsey yesterday in their penultimate friendly of the summer. The U16s striker netted twice in the second half after Jake Waller had opened the scoring from the first of two Jake Legrange 'assists'. Report here...

11/08/13 Fixture change

The U18s' opening match of the Ryman Youth League campaign against Worthing has been changed from Thursday 22nd August to Monday 19th August, and will now be played at Worthing's Woodside Road.

08/08/13 Players needed for U15s

Horsham Youth are seeking new squad members for their U15s Sussex Sunday Youth League squad, with interested players invited to contact manager Alan White on 07730 012216.

08/08/13 Defensive lapses punished as Hornets go down in Horley thriller

The Hornets let slip a two goal lead to go down 4-3 in their latest pre-season friendly at Horley Town last night. Conor Cushing and an own goal gave the U18s a comfortable-looking half-time lead but the hosts hit back to level only for Jake egrange to restore the visitors' lead. However, another defensive error brought Horley back on terms before hitting a late winner. Report here...

07/08/13 Player sponsorship now available

Player sponsorship is now available for the U18s, for just £20 per squad member. Please contact Annie Raby on 07800 922442 for further details.

07/08/13 Rebels up first for Horsham Youth

The U18s will face Worthing in their opening fixture of the 2013/14 Ryman Youth League campaign. Ivan Raby's side follow the Rebels' visit to Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre on Thursday 22nd August by a trip to Peacehaven & Telscombe the following Tuesday. In the County Cup, the U18s will host Chichester City while the U16s travel to Sedlescombe Rangers and the U15s entertain Seagulls FC. Full details of the Sussex Sunday Youth League's fixtures will be announced in due course.

03/08/13 Collier's displays rewarded with captaincy

Horsham Youth are pleased to confirm that Ben Collier has been named as Under 18s captain for the 2013/14 season, ably supported by vice-captain Connor Cushing. Ben stole the show at last season's awards evening, winning the Players' Player and Supporters' Player of the Year awards while Connor was an ever-present in the centre of midfield last campaign. We are also delighted that HISC have agreed to sponsor Ben Collier this season. HISC are great supporters of the Horsham Youth, also sponsoring the matchday warm up jackets and the players' training shirts.

30/07/13 Billingshurst men too strong for U18s

Billingshurst's first team proved too strong for Horsham Youth, scoring a goal in each half to win today's pre-season friendly. Jake Legrange provides the report here...

24/07/13 Hornets stay positive despite friendly defeat

The U18s went down to defeat in their opening match of the summer, beaten 2-1 by Kent side Corinthian. Jake Legrange provides the report here...

19/06/13 Youth review

League championships, cup final triumphs, a runners-up and a highest ever placing for the U18s; it was certainly a season to remember for the club's youth sides and we take a look back on the successes of all our junior sides. More...

26/05/13 End of season awards

Players, supporters and club officials attended a hugely enjoyable evening at the club's Player Awards Night at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre  on Friday, where the senior and youth teams' achievements were acknowledged by Chairman Kevin Borrett and respective managers Simon Colbran and Ivan Raby. More...

21/05/13 Players and coaches needed for Horsham Youth 2013/14

Horsham Youth will be holding U18s trials in early June and is also looking for someone to run its U14s for next season. For further details, please email Annie Raby at

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