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With the extra preliminary round safely negotiated, at the expense of near neighbours Broadbridge Heath, and an opening Isthmian Youth League victory at Burgess Hill Town, Rob Semark’s Under 18 squad should go into this evening’s FA Youth Cup Extra Preliminary round tie full of confidence as they make the trip up into South West London to face Combined Counties Football League outfit Colliers Wood United at their Wibberdune home.

At Tuesday’s training session, Semark was mindful to ensure his young team take nothing for granted ahead of the game and will hope to have centre half F Knight back fit after sustaining a relatively minor head injury at Leylands Park.

Speaking after that victory over the Hillians, the manager was pleased with a number of aspects of the game that saw them get their league campaign off to winning ways.

“I was particularly pleased with the resilience the boys showed, especially in the period after Burgess Hill equalised. They really had to dig in, show character and stick together as it was important get to half-time without conceding further.

‘We adapted well to a change of formation at half-time and after the introduction of J Hayes in midfield on the hour we were able to get ourselves on top. We looked dangerous whenever we went forward and probably should have had one or two more goals.

“We have so much quality in this squad but the defining element from this match was their commitment to each other. It was great to see that side of their game.”

Be sure to keep an eye on the under 18s Twitter account @HorshamFCU18s on Thursday for live match updates from 7.15pm as the young Hornets go in search of a place in the 1st Qualifying Round of this prestigious competition.


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