Young Hornets gunning for second after stalemate ends title hopes

Youngster Jake Legrange received high praise for his performance for the senior side on Saturday. Picture John Lines
Youngster Jake Legrange received high praise for his performance for the senior side on Saturday. Picture John Lines
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Horsham Under-18s hosted Lewes in their last home league game of the season.

Returning to their usual 4-5-1 formation, Horsham started the game the better of the two sides and had the first opportunity when Connor Cushing whose headed over.

Lewes were next to threaten when Ben Collier forced a fine save from Lewis Blaney to keep the scores level.

Jake Legrange then slid a ball through for Stanley Rice, whose pull back was originally blocked and fell back to him as he tried a clever shot which went into the side netting.

From the resulting goal kick the Hornets had the best chance of the game so far when the centre back was dispossessed by Rice, who was through one-on-one with the goalkeeper only to see his low shot saved and eventually cleared.

The final action of the first half saw Hole’s jinking run end with him smashing a shot across the face of a goal begging for a touch that didn’t come.

Horsham started the second half looking to increase the intensity and put more pressure on the Lewes backline, a chance came immediately for the home side when a Collier throw was flicked on by Rice, which found the run of Tom Belton, and his first time header forced a smart reaction save from the travelling keeper.

The game levelled out after that with neither side able to test their opposition’s goalkeeper. Horsham did though have strong shouts for a penalty when Cushing went to head the ball but was prevented by a high boot as the Hornets claims were turned down.

The game finished as a 0-0 draw which ended Horsham’s slim title hopes for good and led to a focus on finishing second.

Horsham: Blaney, Wicking, Collier, Manton, Garman, Belton (Roberts), Cushing, Hole, Waller (Kerr), Legrange, Rice (Nash). Unused: Jupp, Cusdin.