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Horton on his loan and FA Trophy success at Yate Town

25 November 2019

Second year scholar Grant Horton helped loan club Yate Town to a fantastic away victory in the FA Trophy on Saturday.

The 18-year-old was a part of the Bluebells side that travelled to National League South play-off chasers Braintree Town and pulled off an upset, recording a 2-1 win.

He joined the South Gloucestershire side in September and has been a regular fixture in their defensive set-up in the Southern Premier South.

It was a notable victory in Essex against a Braintree side competing in the National League last season. Their reward is another away tie in the first round proper now where they'll visit National League Eastleigh on Saturday 14 December.

"It was a great experience as well playing against a team a league higher," he said.

"We were on top for the majority of the game. We went one down quite early in the game but we showed the attitude to keep on going and get the two goals at the end."

The defender also had a loan spell in the Midland Premier League with Worcester City last season and has come on leaps and bounds with the senior experience he's earned.

"It is a great learning curve," he added. "It is different to the youth team football where it's a bit more competitive and physically it is more challenging.

"The players keep on going and are striving to get as high as we can. Getting promoted has been good for them, it's just keeping on going and seeing where we can end up."

Horton has also played every minute of Pete Haynes' under-18s FA Youth Cup campaign so far - helping his side to victories over Eastleigh and Portsmouth.

Arsenal lie in wait next in the third round at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Wednesday 18 December in what will be a huge test for Horton and his teammates, in what is arguably one of the standout ties of the round.

"I'm looking forward to that. It will be a great game because I can see where I'm at compared to the Arsenal boys. It'll be good to see where I'm at."

Watch an interview with Horton discussing his loan at Yate above on iFollow.


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