Boys Under 14 Team

Age group – The Under 14s group is for boys under the age of 14 on 1-09-2015

General informationSome of our current squad have played together since joining Horsham Sparrows at Under 7.
* Sportsmanship Award Winners at Under 9′s
* Under 11’s Finished 5th in Division “B” of HDYFL 2012/13
* Under 12’s Runner- up in HDYFL League Division B 2013/14
* Under 12’s HDYFL Plate Winners 2013/14
Match day – Matches are played on Saturday morning with Home Games being Played in Horsham Park.
Training – Training is generally on a Thursday Evening and the squad trains at Christ’s Hospital on the Astro-turf pitch in the winter and in the Horsham Park during the summer months.
Recruitment – We are currently have a full squad for the coming season but if you are interested in joining as a Training Member or wish to join the waiting list please do not hesitate to contact us

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Match Report – Saturday 20th September 2014

1st Round of Cup – Monotype Juniors v Horsham Sparrows

Result: 2 – 3 Win

Today we faced Monotype Juniors from Division “D” in the first round of the Cup.  We tried to emphasise to the boys that we needed to take this games seriously and did not expect an easy win but told them to approach this game with the same application and desire that we had shown against Chesworth.

We rang the changes at the start of the game as our usual Mr.Reliable in goal (Louis) was not available and there were a number of other changes. Oliver “B” played in goal for the first half with Oliver “S” partnering Frazer in the heart of our defence, Nathan at right back, Alfie at left back and Andrew pushing forward into the holding midfield role. In midfield we also had Matt “J” and Jacob “P” with Reuben on the right wing, Jacob “M” on the left and Zak in the middle.

We started brightly from the start with Reuben doing some good work down the right wing, who then played a good cross into the box enabling Zak to have an early shot at goal. Once Monotype had absorbed our early pressure they in turn took the game to us but the defence held well this Frazer particularly impressing with some fine positional play and he was well backed up by the rest of the defence.

We had the better of the game at this time and following some good work from Zak down the left he played a lovely ball into Jacob “P” in the middle who unfortunately put his shot over the bar this was closely followed by a fine shot from Oliver “S” which as saved by the keeper. We pushed forward again with all of the midfield looking lively and were soon awarded a free kick for a blatant push about 10 yards from the penalty area. Andrew stepped up to take the resulting kick which he struck very well and their keeper was unable to catch the ball and fumbled it over the line, 1 – 0 to Sparrows and no more than our play deserved.

Monotype kept plugging away and shortly after broke through down the right crossing the ball to their Number 14, who had impressed throughout, fired a shot at goal which was comfortably saved by Oliver “B”. Sparrows once again moved forward with purpose and again following some good work from Zak who again set Jacob “P” up in the area and this time his shot was struck against the cross bar! Monotype kept plugging away and following a bit of a goal mouth scramble were awarded a very dubious penalty which they scored right at the end of the first half, making it 1 – 1 at the interval.

In the half time team talk we emphasised to the boys the need to put pressure on the opposition in the midfield, keep the ball and string a few passes together. We also made a few changes with Matt “O” playing in goal for the second half Andrew dropped back to his usual position in the centre of defence, Mark came on in the holding midfield role and we pushed Oliver “S” forward into midfield with Rob replacing Jacob “P” on the left.

Once again we started brightly with Zak working very hard and again getting an early shot off. Monotype then attacked down our right but the ball was cleared to touch they then took what was clearly a Fowl Throw and while we appealed they cut through our defence and despite Matt’s efforts scored a very dubious goal, 2 – 1 to Monotype. This does just prove that we need to play to the Referees whistle and not switch off.

We then made further changes bringing Fraser “R” on for Nathan. This meant he moved into midfield with Rob dropping to left back and Alfie to right back. The boys responded well and pushed for an equaliser with Oliver “S” again forcing a save from their keeper. Oliver “B” now that he had been freed from his Goalkeeping duties was a constant threat down the right, winning us a number of corners. I was very pleased to see that we used the “short” corner routine that we had practised in training which worked well, although it did not result in a goal.

Sparrows continued to push for the equaliser and eventually Zak was fouled in the penalty area and the Referee awarded us a penalty. Zak dusted himself off and struck a good penalty past their keeper, 2 -2 and no more than we deserved.

We kept pushing forward for the winner with Alfie making a number of good runs down the right and pleasingly Oliver “B” getting in a number of early crosses. There were a number of goal mouth scrambles which could have resulted in a goal but Monotype defended with great resolve. Once again we attacked down the left and the ball was cleared but a great cross from Rob was met by Oliver “B” who managed to force the ball over the line, 2 – 3 to the Sparrows.

Pleasingly we did not sit back and continued to push forward Jacob “P” forced another save from their keeper and was very unlucky not to have scored.

So our first win of the season and it is important that we build on this with another tough match coming up on Saturday. There were a number of good performances today with both Jacobs impressing, Matt “J” being very lively in midfield and Reuben impressing on the right until he jarred his back towards the end of the first half. There was the usual captain’s performance from Andrew, who scored a good goal, and both Oliver “B” and Matt “O” did well in goal but for his overall performance and coolness under pressure Man of the Match went to Frazer “F”.

 Well done everyone and I look forward to seeing you at training on Thursday.