Hornets to field strong line-up against Peacehaven

DM15224078a.jpg Football: Worthing United v Horsham. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150711-182640008
DM15224078a.jpg Football: Worthing United v Horsham. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150711-182640008

Horsham are set to field as strong a line-up as possible for their Sussex Senior Cup clash with Peacehaven tonight.

The Ryman League South Division side are the visitors to Gorings Mead for the second round clash.

A familiar face will be in the away dugout in former Hornets manager Simon Colbran, who recently took charge of the Magpies after Darren Freeman quit the club for Lewes.

The Piddinghoe Avenue side will be looking to end a run of seven games without a win in all competitions in the 7.30pm kick-off.

Horsham manager Dominic Di Paola meanwhile will not be rotating his side as he looks to keep the confidence up and a winning mentality.

Di Paola described the cup tie as a ‘tough’ one and said: “We will be as full strength as we can be. We would be stupid not to in my opinion. If you start putting one game ahead of another you can shoot yourself in the foot.

JPCT 070215 S15060786x Football, Ryman League South Division: Horsham v Chipstead. Colbran  -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-150702-162455001

JPCT 070215 S15060786x Football, Ryman League South Division: Horsham v Chipstead. Colbran -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-150702-162455001

“You could put a weakened side out but because of the size of the squad, if I rested six or seven, the others would all have to be in there and play anyway so it seems stupid to do that.

“If five or six of the others get a bashing it’s not good for their confidence going into the next game. It’s all about mental strength.

“We want to approach every game in the right way as it gives you a boost.”

Kevin Keehan looked set to be involved tonight, but has been caught up in the ongoing problems in Sharm El Sheikh having been on holiday during the Russian jet crash and is stuck in Egypt.

Di Paola added: “Kev is the most unlucky man I know. He needed a break and went off to Sharm El Sheikh.

“He was meant to come back last week, but is still stuck there. It looks like it he will be coming back on Wednesday, but they keep telling them different things.

“I was hoping he would be involved (against Peacehaven), but now we don’t know if he will be back for even Saturday. No-one knows as they are just sending people home each day and it’s the luck of the draw whether you get a flight.”

Attacker Samir Hadi could be fit for Saturday, but tonight’s game is expected to be too early for him. Nathan Crabb is struggling with work commitments, while, as expected, a number of clubs have come in for temporary signing Arron Hopkinson.

Di Paola added: “Nath, as we knew when he signed, has got work and it dictates what he is doing. Arron, a couple of clubs have come in for him which was always expected.

“If we can get more game out of him it will be a bonus, if not, so be it. It was always the case when he joined.

“They are very good players and probably do not want to be playing in the County League, but with Nath I’d like to think if he is available we will get a few more games out of him.”

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