Horsham Sparrows FC were one of the founding clubs in the Sussex County Womens & Girls Football League and have always encouraged girls at the club to aspire to play at senior level in our Womens team.
The Current team…
General information – Many of the team have been together since the under 11 age group and have progressed through successive Sparrows teams. All coaches are FA Qualified and are committed to offering a positive and fun environment to play football. Recently, 5 of the team attained their Level 1 Coaching quaification and now help coach and nuture some of the younger age group teams at the club.
- The team reached the League cup final as Under 12s
- Crowned League champions for the 2013/14 season (read more)
Match day – The team play in the SW&GFL and home games are played in Horsham Park on Sunday mornings.
Training – Winter training is at Farlington School (October to April) with Summer training in Horsham Park
Recruitment – We are always looking for new players to join the squad. Contact us to find out more.
Images of the team as they have progressed through the various age groups at the club…click to enlarge.
Match Report 26th October 2014 v Crawley
A sense of dread seemed to loom around the pitch as the sparrows took their positions for the first half. With an extremely hard opposition in Crawley a tough game was always a certainty and as the match began we saw their quality straight away.
It was important that we did not concede early on and established exactly where their threats were going to come from. This meant defensive stability was key and we started extremely strong with our keeper, Hope showing her leadership and handling skills holding on to a few difficult shots.
Crawley’s quality was evident immediately but tireless running disrupted Crawley’s play which was resulting in misplaced passes and them looking shaky in possession.
The sparrows were looking confident at the back though with Kate leading the way through strong tackles and sharp on the counter with intimidating pace and accurate crosses from Charlotte troubling the Crawley defence.
All spectators thought the same at this point.. the sparrows looked like they were going to score!
Unfortunately a misplaced pass in defence let the Crawley striker through on goal and a cool finish was dispatched into the corner
This was a pity because ability wise the teams appeared well matched.
Clear cut chances were minimal throughout the half but Hannah and Fran seemed to be having good games outplaying the Crawley players around them.
Crawley’s left midfielder managed to skilfully get past the defence and put a ball across goal and sadly waiting at the back post was Crawley’s striker who had a simple tap in. No fault of our own just a nice bit of play.
Half time 2-0
The game just as in the first was balanced, no clear chances were made at first.
Crawley’s number 8 who carried the ball forward and took a shot from just outside the box. The lofted shot rose over Hope’s reach and with our hearts in our mouths we hoped it wouldn’t go in. The ball rustled in the net and the sparrows were 3-0 down.
After all the drama that had happened in a game where a draw seemed to be a more fair result, the best thing all the spectators saw throughout the whole game was what happened next! The sparrows picked themselves up even being 3-0 down to a team at the top of the league, kicked off and started to play the best football they could and certainly the best they had played all game!
Eventually the break through was made, after skipping past players on the right, Juliette gave Amber the ball and on her left foot put through a perfect ball to Naomi who under pressure from the defenders slotted it past the keeper into the bottom right corner, the sparrows were back in the game with a goal fully deserved from the effort and quality of play throughout the game.
It was now late into the game, Crawley’s injuries seemed to be effecting the fitness with a lack of substitutes and with the team still buzzing from the goal the Sparrows continued to push forward
But then suffering from a severe case of bad luck, several clearances cleared off the line and a shot that hit the post in the space of 10 seconds left the team gutted to have missed the opportunity to go within a goal of going level with 10 minutes left to play. But this didn’t stop a team with the momentum behind them.
With the clock running down and minutes left Naomi got space on the edge of the box, having seen no other option she went for the shot. The coach shouting ‘get it on target’, and get it on target was exactly what she did. Failing to read the bounce of the shot it went straight over the Crawley keeper and into the net!
Now one goal from finding an equaliser, Crawley tried to hold the ball but with little succession due to the sparrows ‘die hard’ closing down!
But it was sadly to late, our step in referee Keith blew the final whistle and this dramatic game came to a close. The parents and coaches could have asked for no more, fitness, quality, composure, determination, sportsmanship and a willingness to play a game that looked on paper to be ‘mission impossible’. Not only did they play but they competed and deserved much more than the knowledge they played well!
Thankyou to the coaches and parents for supporting, the coaching staff for providing intelligent tactics, Keith for stepping in and being a fair and supportive referee but most of all the players for not only putting in the effort but for showing Crawley they won’t find every game so easy this season!
Man of the match went to Fran for a performance that would have given Branislav Ivanovic a run for his money at right back but I think the game wouldn’t have been as close without Charlottes attacking mentality, Amber and Juliette’s composure to find a pass and Hope’s fantastic shot stopping ability. Naomi could have got it for two well finished goals and infact everyone competed for it and could have indeed received the award.
Well done Horsham Sparrows!