‘Nomads can be beaten’

CRAIG Gallagher believes his Horsham side can exploit weaknesses in Preston Nomads’ game to score a crucial victory over the defending champions.

The two sides meet at Fulking this Saturday with only 13 points separating them in the Sussex Premier Division table as the season approaches the halfway point.

Nomads have stormed to three consecutive titles, edging out the Cricketfield Road side on the final day of last season and Horsham have won just one of their twelve league meetings over the past six seasons (at home in 2009).

But despite remaining unbeaten, and finding a way to win last weekend when nearly every other Sussex League game was off, Nomads seem to have lost some of their aura, and with Horsham going well Gallagher is hoping to change the record.

“We know Nomads can be beaten, a couple of sides have run them pretty close so if we are on top of our game hopefully we’ll get a good result,” he said.

“It would be nice to beat them after five or six years of mostly losing to them. We have to be confident we can turn over any side on our day and hopefully we’ll be at full strength for the first time this season which should help.”

Sussex spinner Will Beer should feature, while talented youngster Owain Jones returns to the top of the batting order and James Johnson is expected to have shaken off a shoulder injury which kept him out of Saturday’s rain-abandoned match with Brighton & Hove.