Hornets have strength in depth ready for Park clash

JPCT 131114 S14510066x  Football. Ryman League South Division: Horsham v Sittingbourne -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-141216-110045001
JPCT 131114 S14510066x Football. Ryman League South Division: Horsham v Sittingbourne -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-141216-110045001
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Horsham joint manager Anthony Storey has said new recruits have given them some much-needed strength in depth as they look to climb off the foot of the table tonight.

The Hornets can make it three straight wins in the Ryman League South Division away at South Park.

A depleted Horsham secured a crucial 2-0 win at Walton Casuals on Saturday to move level on points with Ramsgate and Redhill in the relegation places.

Storey has admitted they will still be without a ‘few’ faces tonight, but having added plenty of personnel in recent weeks, there are players ready to step in.

He said: “If we can take something from tonight’s game that’s what we need to do, keep the run going and take something from it away from home.

“I played against them last season in the FA Vase at Rye and we beat them 1-0. They’re a good side, they have come up into the division and done well to be fair.

“As I keep saying, we have to take one game at a time and again tonight is a very big game for us.

“There will be a few missing as a few have got knocks. Lewis Hamilton is still out and Tom Gilbert will face a late fitness test, but we have a big enough squad now to cope with that as well as strengthen in depth.

“We have a 21-man squad now, so when a few are missing it doesn’t have such an effect as it did.”

That includes the joint manager himself. Storey started on Saturday due to depleted numbers, but he doesn’t plan to be a permanent fixture in the line-up going forwards this season.

He added: “It was just Saturday, really. We were short and away from home, so I sat in the middle of the park and talked people through it.

“I’ll play when needed to be honest. I don’t plan to be playing every week, just if needed.”

South Park’s Whitehall Lane pitch has proved problematic in recent weeks with four of their last home matches postponed, but with no rain overnight, tonight’s match looks likely to go ahead.

The league’s new boys beat Horsham 2-0 on the opening day of the season as they hit two second-half goals after Max Miller was sent off.