6 July 2018
Familiar foe await in FA Competitions
News of the 2018/19 FA Cup and FA Trophy draws
After securing a first league win since August on Tuesday evening, Horsham turn their attentions to the Buildbase FA Trophy as they head into a tough trip away to Cray Wanderers.
The trip comes exactly a week after Horsham hosted The Wands at Culver Lane, losing 0-3, however Dom Di Poala will hope that Tuesday’s 1-2 success at Shoreham will springboard The Hornets to gain revenge for their earlier humbling, by progressing to the next round at their expense.
Speaking to Matt Dale, the Hornets boss revealed he was unconcerned about taking on the Kent side who for a second time within a week. “We’ll treat it like any other game” he explained, “you can’t dwell too much on the defeats, but it was nice to get the win on Tuesday night”. Revealing his thoughts on a first league win since August Di Paola went on to say “I thought we looked in control up until they got the penalty which they scored from, obviously when the pulled one back I think the nerves started to creep in but it was important to get the victory and we dug in deep. Obviously it’s a tough draw, like a lot of the sides we’ve played recently, they all seem to be flying at the moment but if we can play like we did in the second half against them last week then I don’t see why we can’t get a result up there”
Di Paola has continued to preside over a minor injury crises for much of the season so far, but revealed the injuries that have plagued his squad seem to be easing, with Darren Boswell playing much of Tuesday’s match, while Scott Kirkwood came off from the bench as he nears full fitness. The boss also confirmed that Alex Duncan had returned to training last week and looked set to be involved on Saturday. However he confirmed that Chris Breach and Joe Keehan were still ‘a long way off’ from returning and had bad news about Adam Hunt. “with Hunty it’s not good, he’s ruptured his Achilles and the initial prognosis is it could be for a minimum of four months which means it’s likely he’ll miss the season. I’m gutted for the lad, as he’s had a tough twelve months with injuries and he’s such a positive influence on the field and in the dressing room”.
Much like ourselves, Cray have been homeless as they wait for a ground of their own to be sorted, with the club continuing to ground share at Bromley’s Hayes Lane ground. Horsham’s last visit to the ground to take on The Wands ended in a 2-2 draw in November 2016, as Tom Lawley and Ollie Gill scored to secure a well earned point.
Saturday’s game will kick off at 3pm. Updates will be available as per usual from our Facebook and Twitter accounts.