New recruits are imminent at Horsham with player-manager Gary Charman vowing they will be a much stronger-looking side in the next couple of weeks.
It’s been a torrid season for the Hornets in the league so far and they limped out of the Sussex Senior Cup on Tuesday night with disappointing 2-0 defeat to Worthing.
But one welcome tonic on the horizon is Saturday’s seemingly winnable FA Trophy second-qualifying round tie away at Ryman North Division side Barkingside.
Horsham were plagued by injuries on Tuesday and had leading scorer Tony Nwachukwu, Charman, Lewis Hamilton, Jamie Hills, Glen Woodburn and the suspended Max Miller all missing.
Charman hopes the majority will be back for Saturday’s money-spinning tie where £3,250 is up for grabs and also insisted a number of new signings are imminent and of enough quality, that there is no way his side will face relegation this year.
On Tuesday night’s match, he said: “The right side won, I am not taking anything away from Worthing. My best player on the park was my goalkeeper, he was outstanding and he kept the scoreline down, but at the same time, people have got to take into consideration, I had five players who had not played 90 minutes all season.
“I had kids out there, I had more people sitting in the stand than I did on the pitch and there were six changes from Saturday. My numbers are very, very limited.
“On Saturday it will be totally the opposite, I will probably have 17, 18 or 19 players to chose from. It was just unfortunate this game has fallen on a day when I have had certain people away, suspended or injured and we were down to the bare bones.
“I have told the players that. Kieron Tarbie hasn’t played a lot recently and he had to play 90 minutes. Ryan Marriott – that’s his first start of the season, he got through 75 minutes.
“Tom Frankland came on for the last 10 to 15 minutes and he hasn’t played. Adam Wicking, he’s been out injured, he came on and I can go on and on.
“I am asking Harry Smith and Jamie Ampleford to play 17 games out of 20, these kids are 19 years old, they need a rest.
“At the moment I haven’t had the resources to do that, but players will be coming in the next couple of weeks.
“I have players coming in Thursday, but they are not signed and sealed so I am keeping my cards close to my chest.
“It’s looking up. I am a lot more positive now than I was three or four weeks ago, I was a little bit down in the dumps,but now, with the players coming in, Horsham will be a stronger side and there’s no doubt we won’t go down.
“We haven’t been the most fortunate side to date. I haven’t stuck my first 11 out once or picked the same team twice in a row.”