Well its all done and dusted for season 2018/19 for Horsham Youth but it was not the ending we all hoped for today with U14 Amber going down 4-1 at home to Chichester City, who captured the Arun & Chichester League title by a point from Tony Massimo’s side. With two key players unavailable, and injures to others, it was going to be a tough match for the Hornets but knowing they merely had to avoid defeat, they were hopeful of picking up their second trophy of the campaign. But the gods weren’t shining on the side as, within minutes of the start, Ben Embling had to come off with a groin strain so the management had to shuffle things around. With their ever-present goalkeeper away, Joe Simpkin took over the gloves but the Hornets didn’t have their normal aura of determination about them and trailed 2-1 at the break with Sammy Henderson’s goal sandwiched between two from Chichester.

After a half-time regroup and patching up of the walking wounded, the Ambers battled well and had chances but failed use the wide pitch at Goring’s Mead to their advantage. Chichester scored again and Horsham’s cause was damaged further with a nasty ankle injury to Henderson who had to go off for treatment, prompting another reshuffle. The hornets kept probing but the Chichester goalkeeper pulled off some great saves and even though the captain came back on to the pitch it was clear he couldn’t carry on and the Hornets’ chance of landing the title were finally extinguished when Chichester scored again to win 4-1.

The boys and management were naturally disappointed but they gave 100% and can take consolation from having had another great season including winning the League Cup. Unlucky Lads. Now the focus will be on the new season and exciting times ahead. We wish Sammy a speedy recovery.

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