Di Paola credits players for upping intensity with Hornets buzzing

Southern Combination League, Premier Division: Horsham (yellow) v Lancing. 19.09.15 Pic Steve Robards SR1522333 SUS-150921-092005001
Southern Combination League, Premier Division: Horsham (yellow) v Lancing. 19.09.15 Pic Steve Robards SR1522333 SUS-150921-092005001
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Horsham manager Dominic Di Paola has praised his side for upping the intensity in recent weeks - capped by an impressive scalp of St Francis Rangers on Saturday.

The Hornets put the Premier Division whipping boys to the sword with a ruthless display at The Colwell Ground.

“I was a bit concerned about the attitude and worried we might take our foot off the gas.”

Dominic Di Paola

Having put seven past Wick & Barnham United midweek, goals from Ryan Storrie, Joe Shelley, Terry Dodd and Darren Boswell gave them a 4-0 half-time lead at Rangers.

Dodd then netted three more in the second half along with a Samir Hadi brace and goals from Kieron Pamment and Scott Murfin to complete the rout.

Di Paola admitted while although he takes little enjoyment from such games, his team have responded to his call to step up to the plate.

He said: “I feel a bit sorry for them and I do not get a great deal of pleasure out of it. I feel for the club and it’s a bit of a shame for them. It can’t be very good for the manager, the players or anyone behind the scenes there.

“We got the result which was good and we scored maybe half of our chances, so it was good in that sense. But you take nothing from it, maybe it would be a slight confidence boost for some of the players.

“Hats off to the boys, as going into the Wick and St Francis games I was a bit concerned about the attitude and worried we might take our foot off the gas.

“We really did not and ever since the Arundel game (2-2 draw), touch wood as I do not want to jinx it, we have upped the intensity which was the one thing that was missing and hopefully we can maintain that.”

Horsham host Hailsham Town in the RUR Charity Cup tonight at Gorings Mead.

Kick-off is 7.30pm.

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