25 November 2018
Horsham 1 Bath City 2
Horsham's FA Trophy run comes to an end against National League South side, Bath City
Horsham go into arguably one of the biggest cup games they’ve faced in their recent history when National League South side Bath City make the trip down from Somerset to face an in-form Hornets side brimming with confidence.
A ‘four-midable’ thrashing of VCD Athletic last weekend at Culver Road has set the stage for this mouth-watering battle, with Hornets supporters purring over recent performances with the 4-0 win on Saturday being labelled widely by fans as ‘one of the best performances the team have produced in years’. It means that despite Horsham going into the game as underdogs against a well organised and disciplined Bath City side, Dom Di Paola’s side will have no reason to fear their opponents and will be eager to claim another scalp from a higher division.
While the two sides have never met before, the draw brought back memories of Horsham’s FA Cup run of 2002 when a side then managed by John Maggs lost out to Team Bath on penalties in a Fourth Qualifying Round Replay. Sunday’s opponents however are a different proposition, sat 6th in the National League South, they are very much in the mix for a play-off position come the end of the season, and will still feel they can win the title with just five points separating them from league leaders Woking. The Romans’ recent form however has been sketchy, with two wins, two draws and two defeats from their last six and thus for Horsham supporters, they will hope their opponents have their mind elsewhere as they enter the competition at this stage.
Horsham last made it to this stage of the competition in 2014. It was a game to forget as Hayes and Yeading dumped out a poor Horsham side destined for relegation, thrashing them 6-0 during a miserable afternoon at Maidenhead’s York Road ground on 30th November.
With our landlord’s Lancing booked in with a home tie against Uckfield on Saturday, our game will be played on Sunday instead at the regular time of 3pm.