16 December 2018
Horsham 4 Cray Wanderers 2
Hornets inflict first league defeat on league leaders as Horsham bounce back with excellent win
Just three games remain of the season for Horsham, with The Hornets heading into our penultimate home game of the season at Culver Road.
While work continues on the new ground closer to home, Dom Di Paola’s men will want to finish their campaign in front of supporters who have continued to make the arduous journey to the Sussex coast as strongly as possible.
Manager Dom Di Paola admitted last week he was looking forward to the season drawing to a close so that he could begin to focus on the next campaign, but he accepted after Wednesday night’s defeat to rivals Lewes that his team couldn’t match the support shown by the travelling ‘Lardy Army’ off the pitch as his side fell to a 4-2 loss at The Dripping Pan.
It was a win that sealed promotion for our Sussex rivals to the Bostik Premier Division, but despite failure to spoil the party the former East Preston manager was full of praise for the application from his club, both on and off the pitch “our support was fantastic tonight. I’m just sorry we couldn’t match it with a win. The lads gave it everything they had on the pitch with a patched up team, but ultimately we came up against a very good side. Our time will come though”
Di Paola will be able to recall George Landais and Josh Pelling for our match on Saturday, as we once again look to pick up another league ‘double’ having enjoyed a 1-2 away win at Salters Lane. Landais himself was on target on a cold November’s day with his fortieth minute equaliser helping his side towards three points in Kent.
The Lillywhites have struggled throughout much of the season, but while they currently occupy twentheith position, they have had no concerns about relegation, largely down to the abysmal campaigns of Shoreham and Molesey, the latter of whom they enjoy a twenty point lead over. However recent results for the Kent side have been poor, to put it bluntly, with just one win from their last ten fixtures – a 6-1 thrashing of basement club Shoreham – while losing six and drawing three. A run of three consecutive losses was address last weekend with a goalless stalemate against Thamesmead Town, a result which should offer them confidence going up against The Hornets, considering ‘Mead have scored ninety goals already this season.
Saturday’s match has kindly been sponsored by Time Out Catering, while our match ball has been sponsored by committee member Mark Barrett. The club would like to thank them both for their continued support.
Supporters are also reminded that they can vote for their Player of the Season, where forms will be available at the turnstiles. Alternatively, voting can be made by clicking here, either by printing off a form to hand in or submission by email or text.
Kick off at Culver Road is 3pm.