A bumper crowd of 676 turning out for the Horsham derby on Monday shows the potential the club has according to manager Dominic Di Paola.
It was the biggest crowd since Horsham’s final game at Queen Street in 2008 and highlights the popularity of the sport in the town, increased by the first-ever league meeting between themselves and landlords Horsham YMCA.
The Hornets ran out 4-1 winners at Gorings Mead and Di Paola believes it shows the club’s potential and serves as yet another reminder to Horsham District Council that they need a new home.
He said: “It was brilliant. I know it’s a bit of freak day of being a Bank Holiday, but it just shows the potential of what you could do here or at a new ground, which is what the club wants.
“You can see down at Worthing at the moment, they have the 3G and a buzz around the place because they are on the up. You get the half and halvers that start going away, and the ones that stay away when it has been depressing down the years.
“You see it at all clubs, Whitehawk are building up a fan base now and it’s partly due to success that brings people in and if the club is on the up and there is a positive feel about it.
“The flip side of it is you get clubs like Lewes where the gates are down, I think that is what has happened at Horsham down the years.
“It shows you that you can get 400 every week here if the club was doing well and gets back up the league. There is more to it than that as we have to get out this league, but it’s a great club and the supporters are brilliant. It was a fantastic day for the club and the committee will be over the moon.”
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