Horley Town Youth 2 - 1 Croydon FC Youth
Friday November 15, 2013 at the New Defence
Grant McKellan Cup 1st Round
What may turn out to be Horley Town's best Youth Team ever added yet another scalp to their honours board last evening, beating Ryman Youth League leaders Croydon FC in the first round of the Grant McKellan Cup. Following on from their recent disappointment in the 1st Round Proper of the FA Youth Cup when they lost the derby against Chipstead FC Youth 2-1, having played most of the second half with 10 men, Horley had also dispatched East Grinstead Youth 2-0 in a Southern Youth League match on Wednesday.
Chipstead Youth 2 - 1 Horley Town Youth
6th November 2013 - FA Youth Cup - 1st Round Proper
Let's put this into some perspective. A bunch of 15 and 16 year old Horley boys playing in the Southern Youth League, down to 10 men for most of the 2nd half, held the Ryman Youth League 18 year olds of Chipstead to nil-nil for 85 minutes, often playing the better football, before losing 2 late goals, the first of which was a deflection, and still managed to pull one back with just about the last kick of the game. These boys did us all proud last night at Chipstead.
Horley Town's young Youth Team are facing a really tough challenge having reached the 1st Round Proper of the FA Youth Cup for the first time in the club's history. They might have drawn Football League opposition but instead will face Ryman Youth League Chipstead F.C. in a very local derby at High Road, Chipstead on Wednesday 6th, and Manager Anthony Jupp knows its a really tough ask.
"It's an amazing achievement for such a young team to get this far. The core of the team is split between last season's Under 15's and Under 16's, so have very few older than 16. But they are a great bunch of lads and never give up, as well as being very good footballers from 1 to 16", he said. "The late winner from Justin Ford against Aylesbury was a tribute to their tenacity as well as to some inspired substitutions by my assistant Chris Weller. We just kept pressing and eventually got our reward."
Horley Town Youth 2-1 Aylesbury
Wednesday 23rd October 2013
Photos by Simon Roe
The Youth team last night won through a tight FA Youth Cup 3rd Qualifying Round tie against Aylesbury. They are due to face Chipstead FC of the Ryman Youth League in the 1st Round next month.
Horley started well with Jack and Conor Bishop combining well down the left, stretching the Aylesbury defence at every opportunity. Some good interplay between Hardwicke, Burbidge, Barry and Hogan put Barry clear on the right but unfortunately no one was able to convert his dangerous cross.
But with less than 15 gone, a seemingly innocuous long ball to our left back area was recovered by the Aylesbury winger following a slip by Scott Hiley and the Horley defence were too slow recovering whcih allowed the Aylesbury centre-forward to hammer a shot from 12 off the underside of the bar to beat George Branton.
Horley Town 3rd played their second senior fixture on Sunday against a very experience Glendale side. Horley settled the better of the two teams and played some great football especially in the centre of midfield and took the lead midway through the half with a great strike by Reece Crofts from a free kick some twenty five yards out beating the keeper high in the top corner. Reece almost made it two nil this time with a long range strike from open play only to see his shot hit the bar.
Horley Town 3rd Team played their third league game of the season away to AFC Earlswood on Sunday 21st on an excellent pitch at Friends Provident in Dorking.
Horley started the game positively creating one or two early opportunities but failed to capitalise on them and payed the price when Earlswood went one nil up midway through the first half. Taking the lead began to inspire Earlswood and it wasnt long before they doubled their lead just after the half hour mark.
Tattenham Rovers 0 - 3 Horley Town
Epsom & Ewell Youth Football League Under 10's
Saturday 28th September 2013
Horley Town kept up their 100% record with a fine away win at Tattenham. They went into the game with no subs available due to illness and travel problems.
Horley soaked up early pressure from Tattenham, but soon took control of the game, a fine goal from Tommy Sheeran made it 0-1 at half time.