Horsham and District Soccer Club travel to face Sebastopol Gold

Jonah Dickinson.

Jonah Dickinson.

HORSHAM and District Soccer Club will face newly formed team Sebastopol Gold on Sunday at St Georges Park in Ballarat.

The game will be played out at 1pm. 

Gold entered the league one week ago as a development squad to help the young players grow as footballers. 

The side is a majority of 17-year-old footballers, similar to the Horsham team. 

Horsham will be without several players this week including coach Elijah Macchia, centre-back James Hibberd, left-back Mirza Demirkale and midfielder Dah Luk. 

It will be another important game for the young Falcons. 

The absence of some of the team’s starting defenders means Jonah Dickinson will need to take a massive step up in leadership in the back-line if the Falcons hope to collect their fifth win of the season. 

It will still have the young prospects of Reuben Macchia, Toby Riddell-Both, Noah Talbot and Marcus Luciani as the mainstays for the side. 

Jake Hinton will need to lead from the front and continue his strong form in front of goal. 

Expect the game to be a fast, attacking game with buckets of shots on goal from both sides. 

The young Horsham players will thrive on competing against footballers of their own age.

This could lead to several players finding their form again. 

Horsham will attempt to keep and retain possession for long periods of time. 

In the previous game against Victoria Park the side focused on retaining possession and recycling the ball from one wing, through the back-line and attacking down another avenue. 

Horsham has also continued to focus on its fast passing and playing in tight spaces which was evident at the weekend. 

A player to watch for the side will be young central defender Jonah Dickinson.

Dickinson hasn’t been hitting the heights he reached in 2016 this campaign but playing against players of similar age will give him a chance to show exactly how good he is. 

Noah Talbot will be eager to find his scoring boots after he was unable to find the net in his two previous games. 

The leading goalscorer is 16 and has scored 11 goals this year. 

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