04 Oct 2019

After last week's weather related cancellation of the Year 5+6 age group, the Horsham District Primary Schools Football Leagues finally got underway in Horsham Park as the Year 3+4s took to the stage. It was worth the wait as 13 teams provided some excellent games that involved skills aplenty, super enthusiasm and were played with fantastic and fair spirit. Unfortunately the entry for one of the 13, Greenway, had not arrived in advance so they had to make do with playing friendlies on a hastily erected fifth pitch but credit to them they accepted the situation with grace, put on brave faces and made the best of the situation.

Despite ongoing weather uncertainty during the day as it turned out overhead conditions were fair and ground conditions lush and excellent. The format involved an extended round-robin system of all teams playing each other once over the two meetings. Most teams played five matches on the first night, some played six. As well as the overall competition there is a sub-plot at hand to see which team comes out as top large school involved and which one as top small school.

Heron Way had a great night with both its A and B teams performing well. HWA clocked up six straight wins to finish top at the halfway point. Traditional big rivals Southwater A provided stubborn resistance to them at the start only succumbing to a single goal but progressively their momentum increased. The juggernaut only threatened coming off the road in the last round of matches when St Mary’s Horsham had the temerity to take the lead against them with the only goal the Herons conceded all night. Parity was eventually established however late in the second half and from there on in it was one-way traffic in a match that finished 4-1. HWB was also impressive in registering four wins and a draw, only Loxwood cramping their style with a 1-0 win in their opening game.

Loxwood indeed appear to be leading title contenders, winning all of their first night games too to sit second only by virtue of having played a game less. Their victims included a number of large school teams including both Southwater ones; not many teams have done that on a single evening before. Loxwood v Heron Way A is a fixture to particularly look forward to in the second meeting in two weeks’ time.

St Mary’s Horsham was another of the small school big-hitters winning four games but falling to both Heron Way sides and as a result they lie a full seven points ahead of Southwater B going into the second meeting. St Mary’s v Loxwood looks may be a seminal game next time out in seeing who tops the small school standings.

Southwater B head a clutch of mid-table teams that got into double-figure point totals. Goal difference elevates them above St Robert Southwell and Plaistow/Kirdford. Surprisingly Southwater A lie near the bottom of this pack, just behind Castlewood and just above, Leechpool A, another school with a strong footballing tradition and surprised to be seeing more teams above it rather than below it.

Kingslea lie in eleventh without a win but recording two draws and Leechpool B prop up the table; despite losing all their games they played their hearts out and deserve much credit for keeping their heads held high. Well done to Miss Simpson too for her energetic sideline efforts for keeping her team buoyed up to do their best.

Overall player behaviour was exemplary and thanks to parents for spectating in a nice spirit and observing the new rule not to stand between pitches.

MEETING 1 RESULTS

5pts for win, 3 for draw, 1 for loss. 1 extra for losing team that scores 50% or more of opponent's winning score.

PITCH 1

PITCH 2

PITCH 3

PITCH 4

4.08-4.20

Leechpool A v Castlewood

0 v 0

Loxwood v Heron Way B

1 v 0

Heron Way A v Southwater A

1 v 0

Plaistow/Kirdford v Leechpool B

2 v 0

4.22-4.34

Kingslea v Robert South

0 v 0

Southwater B v St Mary’s

0 v 2

Heron Way B v Leechpool A

3 v 0

Loxwood v Southwater A

2 v 0

4.36-4.48

St Mary’s v Kingslea

2 v 0

Robert South v Plaistow/Kirdford

2 v 1

Leechpool B v Heron Way A

0 v 8

Southwater B v Castlewood

2 v 0

4.50-5.02

Plaistow/Kirdford v St Mary’s

0 v 2

Kingslea v Southwater B

0 v 0

Heron Way B v Castlewood

0 v 0

Leechpool A v Southwater A

0 v 0

5.04-5.16

Loxwood v Leechpool B

8 v 0

Heron Way A v Robert South

2 v 0

St Mary’s v Leechpool A

2 v 1

Castlewood v Plaistow/Kirdford

0 v 1

5.18-5.30

Leechpool B v Southwater A

0 v 7

Robert South v Heron Way B

0 v 1

Kingslea v Heron Way A

0 v 3

Southwater B v Loxwood

1 v 3

5.32-5.44

Heron Way B v St Mary’s

2 v 0

Leechpool A v Southwater B

0 v 2

Loxwood v Kingslea

5 v 0

Heron Way A v Plaistow/Kirdford

2 v 0

5.46-5.56

Leechpool B v Castlewood

0 v 2

Southwater A v Robert South

0 v 2

Heron Way A v St Mary’s

4 v 1

Plaistow/Kirdford v Heron Way B

0 v 2

TABLE

TEAM

PLAYED

WON

LOST

DRAWN

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POINTS

Heron Way A

6

6

0

0

20

1

30

Loxwood

5

5

0

0

19

1

25

Heron Way B

6

4

1

1

8

1

24

St Mary’s Horsham

6

4

2

0

9

7

22

Southwater B

5

2

2

1

5

5

15

St Robert Southwell

5

2

2

1

4

4

15

Plaistow/Kirdford

6

2

4

0

4

8

15

Castlewood

5

1

2

2

2

3

13

Southwater A

5

1

3

1

7

5

11

Leechpool A

5

0

3

2

1

7

10

Kingslea

5

0

3

2

0

10

9

Leechpool B

5

0

5

0

0

27

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