Information about the team…
The Under 16s group is for boys under the age of 16 on 31-08-2017
General information – Some of our current squad have played together since joining Horsham Sparrows at Under 7 and this year will play in Div B of the HDYFL Under 16 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
- YMCA – Sparrows Cup winners 2016
- Under 14s League Runners-up 2015/16 season
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.
Match Reports 2015-16 Season
Horsham Sparrows V Partridge Green 12/09/2015
Result: Draw 2-2
After last week’s excellent opening victory we knew this week’s opponents would prove to be tougher competition having been `A` division with us last season and also been comprehensive winners themselves in their first match of the season.
We welcomed Fraser F back into our defence allowing us to move Captain Andrew into a more advanced midfield role, Ollie S moved over to the right wing with Ollie B stepping down and Jack started upfront after impressing as an enthusiastic substitute against Maidenbower.
We started quite well but did not create any clear cut chances. Joe was doing a good job stretching the opposition defence and he had a few tricky dribbles which positively had end product with decent crosses into the penalty area. Unfortunately we did not have enough bodies in the advanced areas to capitalise. As our home pitch is so big and we now demonstrate this ability to move from defence to attack with speed, moving forwards as a collective unit will be something we`ll pick up in training.
Probably against the run of play we fell behind when an innocuous punt forward found the Partridge Green number 19 and he showed some good strength to initially hold off our defensive challenges then finish past Louis.
As the half progressed we showed patches of individual good play and went level when Alex broke free from midfield then superbly finished past a hapless Partridge Green goalkeeper.
Just before half time we disappointingly fell behind again. We missed a couple of tackles in our own penalty area and the opponents forward took full advantage smashing past Louis from close range.
The boys had showed some good effort and application during the opening period so more of the same was needed in the second half and there was certainly no need to panic or make wholesale changes. We would inevitably create chances and needed to be more clinical whilst remaining calm in defence.
Although Louis was called into action a couple of times in this second period we definitely had more possession and pressed our opponents hard. The Partridge Green number 5 was however doing a particularly good job dealing with the single attacker we were playing so as time went on we made changes to leave us with just 3 players in defence but allowing both Jack and Zak to occupy positions upfront with a packed 5 man midfield.
This helped enormously and the last 15 minutes was played largely in our opponents half. It was a matter of time before we scored. The equalizer finally arrived when an excellent free kick by Andrew was only parried by the Partridge Green Goalkeeper and our `fox in the box` Zak successfully poached a deserved goal.
Searching for a winning goal George was unlucky when heading into the goalkeepers arms from a corner whilst Zak had a couple of chances screwing one shot wide after racing clear and then seeing another shot scrambled to safety after Matt J had taken up a great position.
A final score of 2-2 but although we scored late on, we can feel unlucky not to have taken all 3 points. A strong second half defensive performance was supported by some excellent spirit all over the pitch which saw the boys apply themselves extremely well and never give up.
Man of the Match this week was close between Andrew and George. Andrew was impressive in a number of positions we asked him to take up whilst George delivered a particularly commanding second half performance. George just got the nod and should be very pleased with the start he has made with Sparrows.
Maidenbower Colts Reds v Horsham Sparrows 05/09/2015
Result: Won 6-0
After a couple of decent friendly performances and some good recent training sessions we opened our league campaign feeling confident of victory. We gave league debuts to George, Alex and Joe with another recruit Jack coming on as substitute during the second half.
Although we lacked any real passing fluency in this opening period we did start brightly with Mark and Ollie S showing some good determination in midfield areas and it was noticeable that any time a ball did bypass our defence, our goalkeeper Louis was impressively off his line to gather easily.
Most of our good play in this first half came when we got the ball into wide areas where Joe was looking a threat and was particularly unlucky to see two self-made efforts of his own tipped over the crossbar by our opponent’s goalkeeper.
During this opening period Zak was also unlucky not to score, shooting over when 1 on 1 with the keeper, missing from close range with two headers and then seeing a goal unfortunately disallowed for offside when pouncing after Andrew`s free kick had hit the post.
We deserved to be in front but 0-0 at half time meant we needed a few small tweaks in order to achieve an early breakthrough in the next period. With the team talk we indicated more of the same was required by our defence but offensively we had to support the player in possession better so more options were available. We also emphasised we needed both Alex and Joe in possession more as they seemed the key to creating goal chances for the team.
It could not have gone much better in the second half. Zak scored a `poachers` goal within minutes of the restart then after Louis produced an excellent double save to keep us in front, our boys commendably took total control of the game.
Goals followed for us at regular intervals and it was pleasing to see Alex smash a hat-trick of superbly taken goals within a fifteen minute period. My two favourite goals however saw Matt O brilliantly support Alex with an advanced run into the penalty area then receive a pass which he hit first time beyond the despairing Maidenbower goalkeeper then Jack expertly guide a header into the bottom corner of the net after excellent wing play from Joe.
A missed penalty and several other near misses meant it could have finished more than the 6-0 final score line – a great way to kick off the season and we move into top spot after 1 game played!
Every boy played their part today and it was great we could utilise all the subs so everyone got game time – this will be crucial if we are to challenge through the season.
A number of Sparrows `Old boys` performed well today (Louis was excellent in goal, Mark did great team job in a defensive midfield role and our Captain, Andrew was as reliable as ever) but it was the `new` boys I was really excited by;-
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.
Match reports 2014-15 season
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.