17 December 2018
Horsham v Cray: Through The Lens
Relive Saturday's drama through the expert eye of John Lines
The Hornets will be hoping for more magic from the FA Cup on Saturday, as Poole Town stand between us and a place in the 4th Qualifying Round for the first time in ten years.
The last time Horsham managed to make it as far as the same stage was during the 2013/14 season when we fell to a 0-1 loss at home (then at Gorings Mead) to Chatham Town, however we enjoyed better success back in October 2008, when a 2-1 victory during our season long groundshare at Woodside Road against Paulton Rovers set up a tie away at Stevenage Borough, whom we would eventually succumb to after taking them to a replay.
Horsham’s route to this tie has already seen us dispatch Carshalton Athletic, Corinthian and Heybridge Swifts, while our visitors tomorrow have had the advantage of entering at a later stage, needing only a 3-0 win against Cinderford Town when they entered the competition at the 2nd Qualifying Round stage.
The Evo-Stick Southern Premier Division have spent much of the recent history climbing out from the Wessex League to winning the Southern Premier in the space of ten years, but a two year spell in the National League South proved a struggle too far as they ended up relegated on the final day of last season, finishing 20th out of 22 clubs.
Their return to the Southern League has been impressive, with The Dophins picking up thirteen points from their first eight league fixtures, including a 6-0 thrashing of Farnborough last Saturday.
Dom Di Paola’s side meanwhile are enjoying an impressive run of form themselves of late, with five wins from their last six matches, while once again they showed their fantastic resolve to come back yet again from a 2-0 deficit for the second time in as many weeks thanks to a superb 3-2 showing at home to Phoenix Sports on Tuesday evening.
Due to FA Cup rules, supporters will be advised that alcohol will not be permitted to be taken outside of the clubhouse at any time during the match and must be consumed out of sight of the match. The club has been informed that the bar will be open until 2.50pm, during half-time, and again at full time. Fans are also advised that due to an expected bumper crowd, parking is expected to be limited, and to use the local car park off High Street where possible.
Our match has been sponsored jointly by Martin Frogley and Paul William Arnold, while Matt Dale has kindly sponsored the match ball. As ever, the club thanks them all for their continued support.
The match gets underway at 3pm.