Mangers can’t wait for FA Vase derby clash

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Horsham travel to local rivals Steyning Town on Saturday for an eagerly-anticipated derby clash in the first round of the FA Vase.

Town are at the furthest they have been in the competition and host the Premier Division’s high-flying Hornets at The Shooting Field.

Both sides’ managers are relishing the occasion with Horsham last playing in the competition back in 2001.

Steyning boss Alan Skipper said: “To be honest, first and foremost, I will be looking for the right performance from the lads. If a good performance is put in on the day, then we will see where that takes us.

“Horsham are a formidable opponent and respect will be given to them but we won’t be there to make up the numbers.”

Horsham manager Dominic Di Paola said: “Everyone will have to be on it as it can almost be a giant killing for them.

Horsham striker Terry Dodd in action against Chichester City on Saturday. Pictures by Tommy McMillan

Horsham striker Terry Dodd in action against Chichester City on Saturday. Pictures by Tommy McMillan

“We must not be complacent, that would be the worst thing we could do. They are a good side and will be up for it.”

The clash will see Horsham striker Terry Dodd face brother Matt, who plays in midfield for Town, and Di Paola added: “A lot of their players played for us at East Preston. Lee Garnham, Ash Finch, Matt Dodd, Ash Trowler and Ben Rose, there are a few down there, so it is going to be a decent game

“We are desperate just to get through, I do not care if it’s a bit like the Selsey game, which was rubbish, as long as we get through.”

Steyning themselves are hoping for a big crowd on the day and Skipper continued: “The occasion has to help the players. At this level, this is the type of game the players must be looking forward to. Hopefully, with a bumper crowd on the day, it will be something we can savour.

“It is going to be a great occasion for the club and there is some hard work, so thank-you to the committees and helpers.”

Kick-off is at 3pm.

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