12 August 2017
Molesey 2 Horsham 1
Opening day frustration for Horsham as Moles dig deep to claim victory
Ask any devoted football fan, and they’ll tell you part of the year they hate the most is the three months before and after the football season starts and ends. Well, finally, that wait is almost over, as Horsham’s 2017/18 campaign kicks off away at Molesey.
Horsham manager Dom Di Paola has had plenty of time during pre-season to refine his squad, and will no doubt go into the fixture looking to gain an opening day maximum three points in the newly renamed Bostik Smart Adhesives League, and he will be eager to ensure his side do not become unstuck against The Moles, who spent much of last season flirting with relegation before finishing in 19th position.
The Hornets will be keen to hit the ground running, with victory at Walton Road being a good indicator early on to see if the squad Di Paola has built may push on from last season’s respectable mid-table finish. The two sides played out an entertaining 3-3 draw in the corresponding fixture on New Years Eve last season, with Tom Lawley, Darren Boswell and George Gaskin all getting on the scoresheet.
Di Paola confirmed earlier in the week that he had a good idea who would be in contention to start our first fixture of the campaign after a busy pre-season, and nearly has a full squad to choose from, however Joe Keehan will be unavailable for the trip to Surrey, while fellow midfielder Darren Budd will be assessed ahead of the match after struggling with a back problem.
With a new home kit confirmed, a permanent new ground in the pipeline, and a new chapter to look forward to as the club prepares for a season outside of the town, an away trip for the opening day of the season might well be the last thing Hornets fans will have noticed, with our home fixtures coming at the unfamiliar surroundings of the Sussex FA Headquarters.
Kick off on Saturday at Walton Road is at 3pm, with match updates provided via the clubs official Facebook and Twitter social media accounts for supporters unable to attend.