4 May 2019
Horsham 2 Ashford United 1 (AET)
WE'RE GOING UP!!! Horsham seal play-off final with a win to gain promotion as runners up
Despite being eight points adrift of fifth placed Ashford United, who occupy the final play-off position, the Kent side who have also played a game more than their county rivals will be eager to gain revenge for our 2-4 success at Reachfields Stadium back in December.
Manager Dom Di Paola will be hoping for an improved showing from his squad, following a dour 0-0 draw away at East Grinstead Town on Tuesday evening, however he was able to see the positives despite admitting his side were not at their best. Speaking to the West Sussex County Times, Di Paola accepted that his Hornets side hadn’t played that poorly since our 2-0 loss away at Haywards Heath over Christmas, but was pleased to secure another point, and record another clean sheet.
Hythe meanwhile are looking to pick up a first win in just under a month, after a 1-1 draw last weekend against Guernsey coming on the back of a surprise 2-0 defeat away at struggling Greenwich Borough.
Supporters will have noticed the addition of on-loan signing Dan Pearse on Tuesday evening who played the second half for The Hornets against East Grinstead Town, who joins us until the end of the season from Dorking Wanderers. Di Paola has also moved to bring in former Herne Bay and VCD Athletic goalkeeper Joe Mant, who will also be involved in the squad against another of his former sides. But the Hornets boss will be without Will Miles, while midfielder Charlie Harris undergoes surgery to repair cartilage damage sustained against Ramsgate last month.
The Hornets will get underway at 3pm at Culver Road. Our match sponsor for the day is Alistair Hempstead while our match ball sponsor is HISC. As always, the club thanks them all for their continued support.