Information about the team…
We’re recruiting players for the 2016/17 to add to the current squad who played as Under 16s last year. The team will eaither play as U16s again or in the Sussex County U18s league – the decision will be reached soon.
Squad History – The girls play in the Sussex County U16 league and last year, and many of the players have been with the club throughU11s to Under 14 and Under 15 squads. Winners of the League and Cup as under 12s,U13s and u14s, our aim is for the girls to enjoy both training and matches, develop their fitness and their skills, as well as their understanding of and love for the game.
Match day – Fixtures take place on a Sunday. Home matches are played in Horsham Park.
Match Reports – Scroll down past the gallery to read our latest match report or see latest news
Training – Winter training takes place at Farlington School’s astroturf on each Tuesday evenings, 8-9pm from October half term until Easter. Summer training takes place on each Tuesday 6-7pm on our home pitch in Horsham Park (the pitch nearest the Hurst Road/ North Parade junction).
Match Report – Title winning performance
Horsham Sparrows u14 Girls clinched the County League title on Sunday with 2 games to spare with an emphatic 0-8 victory over their County Cup opponents, Mile Oak Wanderers.
Going into their match in pouring rain, Sparrows were off colour for the first 15 minutes and Mile Oak looked threatening in attack. They didn’t make the most of their chances and were made to pay when Sparrows showed the exquisite football they are capable of playing. Fliss and Bronwen netted 4 goals apiece with both individual and team brilliance. Great performances from all the team but player of the match Grace showed some exceptional vision playing the ball out of defence while remaining very cool under pressure. Jaz gave her all for the team tracking back from her attacking responsibilities. Kathryn gave an outstanding defensive performance and Katie proved a handful for the Mile Oak defence.
Manager Ian Thomas said, ‘If an advert for girls’ football is needed, this Sparrows team at their best shows why girls can play the ‘beautiful game’ so well, if not better than their male counterparts This team have now won the County Cup and County League this season. I hope we can make it 100% in the League next week. The League Cup would finish off wonderfully another great season for us.’
A very tough League Cup Final awaits against closest rivals Crawley Town on Sunday 11th May to determine whether the treble can mark this crop of players’ position in local girls’ football history. Kick off at the Holbrook Club at 2.30pm.
Match Report – Double Header
With an advert for the skill, ability and excitement of girls’ football in Sussex, Horsham Sparrows u14 Girls claimed maximum points from their ‘double header’ with Crawley Town to move back to the top of the table and assert their control in the race for the title. With bad weather earlier in the season causing fixture congestion, the girls were forced to play a double header meaning each half was now divided into 2 to make the equivalent of one match. 6 points at stake from the meeting!
In the first half of the first game, Sparrows came out all-guns-blazing and dominated the early exchanges. They deservedly took the lead 10 minutes in when a surging run and cross from Thomas picked out Bunday to sweep home from close range. Sparrows doubled their advantage just 2 minutes later, Bunday netting her second of the match and 24th of the season. After half-time, Sparrows continued to dominate and they moved 3-0 ahead when Younger intercepted a goal kick near the half way line, hitting it first time into the corner of the Crawley net. Captain Thomas netted an excellent fourth soon after to confirm Sparrows’ dominance in the first game and her player of the match performance.
Having claimed all three points from match one, many would have expected Sparrows to run out comfortable winners again in the second game. However, Crawley quickly put any thought of an easy win firmly out of the Sparrows players’ heads by starting strongly in game two. They then took the lead 5 minutes before half-time and went into the break 1-0 ahead. Sparrows started the second half brightly and moved onto level terms when Thomas’ corner was headed in by Love. Tense moments followed with both teams creating good chances to move back into the lead. The game remained deadlocked at 1-1. With Sparrows needing all three points to maintain their 100% record and move to the top of the league, the tension in the crowd was palpable.
Sparrows continued to press for the winner and with a little over a minute remaining, they won a corner. Thomas again got her delivery spot-on and landed the ball perfectly on the head of Love who turned it into the corner of the goal to send the Sparrows supporters wild. The game had now moved into additional time and Sparrows knew they couldn’t afford to let Crawley back in the final seconds. A ball out of defence found Love who drove through the heart of the Crawley defence to finish smartly and complete a hat trick and player of the match performance, moving Sparrows into a 3-1 lead.
Claiming maximum points means that Sparrows take a 100%, 2 point lead at the top of the table but with still two games in hand over their nearest rivals.
The teams meet again in the League Cup Final at the Holbrook Club, Horsham, on 11th May.
Sparrows: Thomas (c), Moore (GK), Perkins, Pepper, Wheatley, Beddall, Love, Fitton, Bunday, Younger, Collis, Gardener, Hutchinson
Match Report – Sussex County Cup 24th November 2013
Horsham Sparrows U14 Girls Football team won a fiercely contested Sussex County FA Girls Cup quarter final on Sunday against local rivals, Crawley Town.
In an eagerly anticipated match, both teams got off to a flying start, showing skills, pace and determination. Crawley Town struck first on 9 minutes with a goal directly from a corner. The game continued with both teams pressing for a goal until a free kick was awarded to Sparrows just outside Crawley Town’s penalty area. Up stepped Fliss . A magnificent strike curled into the top left hand corner to take the score to 1-1 just before half time.
The second half continued at the same intensity with several shots from both teams thwarted by great goal-keeping. Time ticked away and efforts to get the winner were redoubled. Sparrows had several point-blank shots saved during a frantic five minutes at the end of normal time but the winner would simply not come. Extra time and the spectre of a penalty shoot-out loomed.
Tension rose as the first period of extra time was played out with energy levels starting to drain. Then, 2 minutes into the final period, Bronwen took control of the ball on the left flank, powered past three players and coolly slotted home to put a delighted Sparrows team into the semi-final.
This match was a great advert for girls’ football with athleticism, skill and a wonderful spirit on display from both sides.
The teams will meet again at least twice more this season. Book your tickets early!