Information about the team…
The Under 14s group is for boys under the age of 14 on 1-09-2015
General information – Some of our current squad have played together since joining Horsham Sparrows at Under 7 and this year return to Div B of the HDYFL Under 14 league.
- 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 Homes Games being Played in Horsham Park.
Training – Training is on Thursday Evenings at Christ’s Hospital on the Astro-turf pitch in the winter and in the Horsham Park during the summer months.
Billingshurst v Horsham Sparrows 22/08/2015
Result: Won 6-0
After a couple of new season training sessions where the emphasis has been on getting the ball wide and increasing the amount of shots created, this pre-season opener gave us an opportunity to provide debuts to a number of our latest recruits and importantly try to build confidence against a side who have always proved combative – Peter and I expected a tough game.
The first 10 minutes were pretty even but encouragingly whenever the ball did break loose our boys looked a real threat with excellent pace offered wide from Ollie B and Joe supported effectively by dynamic midfield running by Alex and Ollie S.
As minutes passed our passing fluency and ball retention improved and we deservedly took the lead when a good exchange between Zak and Joe saw the ball moved to Ollie S. Taking the ball in his stride he excellently held off two challenges then curled a right footed shot beyond the opposing goalkeepers despairing dive. 1-0 Sparrows.
Positively, we were soon in even more command. Having the option of playing new boy George alongside Fraser F in central defence not only gives us fantastic physical presence but also means we can move our ever reliable Captain, Andrew into a more advanced midfield role and this soon paid off as he struck a superb shot from the edge of the penalty box which whistled into the back of the Billingshurst net.
As the half continued some of our play was excellent and most of the good moves went through Alex who was impressing in his first Sparrows start. It was only a matter of time before one of his slide rule passes led to a goal. Sure enough Zak’s strong running was rewarded when Alex jinked inside a couple of Billingshurst players then dissected the defence leaving Zak a clear run on goal which ended with an excellent finish.
3-0 up at half time was fair. We had been solid in defence, moved the ball well through midfield areas and used width well to create a number of offensive chances. It was very pleasing to see the boys playing well and having fun – more of the same was the request for the next period and we introduced Matt O, Adam, Elliott and Matt J but maintained the same formation
Fortunately, the boys continued their good work and soon extended our lead when another neat passing move saw Alex finish off with a crisp right foot drive.
The good open play was mainly taking place in our opponents half and when this constant pressure was not creating shots on target it was leading to a number of corners where Fraser, George and Elliott were proving extremely threatening.
Our next couple of goals did come from corners but it was Ollie S who popped up at the back post to scramble in goal 5 whilst Elliott powered in our sixth goal after excellent delivery by Ollie B.
Final score was 6-0 so we impressively won both halves 3-0 controlling much of the game.
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.