16 December 2018
Horsham 4 Cray Wanderers 2
Hornets inflict first league defeat on league leaders as Horsham bounce back with excellent win
A long journey into the far reaches of Kent awaits Horsham this weekend, as The Hornets aim to capitalise on last weekend’s 2-1 success at home to Phoenix Sports and consolidate their position in the league table as Dom Di Paola’s side enter the final stretch with just ten games remaining.
Wins in Sittingbourne, Ashford and Greenwich this season have firmly seen the club rid their jinx in Kent, and another three points in the county will strengthen Di Paola’s bid to finish the campaign as strongly as possible with a possible top ten finish on his mind.
Our hosts however, sitting in seventh are still striving to end their season in one of the play-off places, but they currently adrift of sixth placed Greenwich Borough, who also have a game in hand.
Horsham will have a good chance to seal a league ‘double’ against The Cannons, after recording a 2-1 win at Culver Road earlier in November with goals from Dean Bown and Joe Shelley sealing the points for The Hornets.
With Horsham’s win last weekend securing a first win in four games, The Hornets will have a tough job on their hands against a side who have lost just once in their last ten matches (winning five and drawing four). A 6-0 thrashing of basement side Shoreham was followed up last weekend with a 2-3 win away at Hastings United, with Ryan Palmer, Darren Oldaker and Zak Ansah all scoring for The Cannons. The wins will no doubt be pleasing to the Hythe Town hierarchy, who surprisingly relieved Clive Cook of his management duties and replaced him with Sam Denley midway through January.
Manager Dom Di Paola has been busy earlier during the week strengthening his squad with the recent acquisition of midfielder Ryan Worrall who joins the club after being released from Tonbridge Angels.
Kick off at Reachfields Stadium is at 3pm.