Hornets are told to step up to the plate

DM159718a.jpg Football - Horsham v Deal. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150831-210744008
DM159718a.jpg Football - Horsham v Deal. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150831-210744008
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Horsham manager Dominic Di Paola has told his players in no uncertain terms that it is time to step up to the plate.

The Hornets are third in the Southern Combination Premier Division, but Di Paola is disappointed with three poor results in their opening ten games.

An early FA Cup exit and dropped points against Hassocks on the opening day and at Arundel on Saturday, has led to the young boss issuing a warning to his side.

Despite Niall O’Hagan and Shaun Charles leaving to join Arundel and Littlehampton respectively - the latter of which has seen the Horsham chief hit out at the reigning champions - and youngster Jake Chawick breaking his collar bone, Di Paola has revealed he won’t be looking to bring anyone else in.

Instead, he has told his players to shape up fast. He said: “We still have good players, but we do need to start upping our game now. The squad is still strong and I am not looking to get anyone else in.

“People need to kick on and do well now as we have had three disappointing results already and for me, in ten games, that’s not good enough.

People we have to step up. I am happy with the squad - although it is thinning a bit - but people have got to start doing it

Dominic Di Paola

“People we have to step up. I am happy with the squad - although it is thinning a bit - but people have got to start doing it.

“We cannot keep excepting halves like we did on Saturday or the halves against Deal Town in the FA Cup.

“We have got to be better. We are into our stride and into the season and other teams have started well.”

Horsham host a top-of-the table Lancing on Saturday, who have won all seven of their opening league games, but Di Paola doesn’t feel it’s an early-season make-or-break clash.

He added: “They are firing and their confidence is up. They have a good understanding and have carried on from last season.

“That is something we have not been able to do as we are a new group. Eastbourne Town and YM have done the same and built on last season, which is just not a benefit we have had.

“It is just three points, I always say that. If we lose to Lancing Saturday, they could then lose three on the spin - it does not matter where you pick up your points. If we do not win there is opportunity to catch them another day.

“Of course we want to win, of course it’s a hard game. They have come off the back of a good end to last season, but we have enough experience as a management team, that you do not make a season in one game.

“We will try and get our boys playing to their potential, if they do we have got a real chance as we are a strong side, but I don’t think we have played anywhere near that yet.”