Horsham vs Hythe Town: MATCH PREVIEW
Horsham will attempt to bounce back from their mid-week disappointment losing away at Walton Casuals in the Velocity Cup, as they return to Culver Road and hope to pick up more points and climb the league ladder.
A superb 0-2 win away at Greenwich Borough last Saturday was soon forgotten about with a 0-3 loss away to The Stags as Dom Di Paola’s side missed the chance to face Dulwich Hamlett in early December, however the Horsham manager insisted the defeat had not dented his side’s moral “it was one of those games to be honest, I thought it was fairly even at half time, and it was only when they scored we folded”.
Despite having beaten The Stags 1-3 a month ago, the Bostik League instructed that the game be replayed due to confusion over player registration, but Di Paola shrugged off the defeat, explaining that would have little bearing over his side’s season “we have to be honest with ourselves, it’s a tough competition to win and even if we had got a result away at Dulwich, we have to accept it’s a competition we’re not going to be the favorites to go and win. That said, we’ve had some good confidence boosters in it beating Burgess Hill along the way and being able to give some of the lads some game time when needed”.
Refering to Tuesday night’s game, Di Paola continued “It was just one of those things unfortunately that we had to go and replay it, it was the right thing to honour the fixture but with only thirteen players available to us on the night, we knew it was going to be tough”.
Having made six changes from the team that beat Greenwich Borough on Saturday, an enforced change before half time disrupted things as the manager explained “obviously we lost Lewis Hyde due to a precaution and it disrupted our shape a bit. I think the only real negative is we lost our way after we conceded but there were a few lads out there who needed to get some game time and came through OK”.
Hythe Town are currently riding high in the Bostik League South currently, sitting pretty in 6th position as they aim to chase down a play-off place and improve upon their 7th place finish last season. Having lost 0-4 at home on Saturday to fellow play-off hopefuls Corinthian-Casuals, The Cannons responded with a goalless draw at The Reachfields Stadium against Greenwich Borough.
Supporters are advised that there will be road closures in Culver Road, and various other roads around the ground between 4.15pm – 5.45pm meaning cars parked at the ground will be unable to depart until the closures have been lifted. For supporters wishing to leave the ground immediately after the match, it is recommended they park away from the ground to allow for a quick departure.