Charman doubtful for Horsham’s FA Cup clash

JPCT 26-08-12 S12341197X  Horsham v Raynes Park Vale in the FA Cup at Gorings Mead -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 26-08-12 S12341197X Horsham v Raynes Park Vale in the FA Cup at Gorings Mead -photo by Steve Cobb

Gary Charman has admitted he is struggling to be fit for this weekend’s FA Cup tie with Thurrock, rating his own chance of playing as just 30 per cent.

The player/assistant manager is desperate to continue his love affair with the biggest domestic cup competition in the county but concedes the clash will probably come too soon.

“I am battling to be fit, right now I’m struggling,” Charman said earlier today (Tuesday). “I’ve got a severe dead leg (suffered a week ago in the 2-2 draw with Whitstable) and until the bruising has come out I won’t know how long I’ll be out.

“I reckon I’m 70/30 that I won’t play at this moment so it’s not looking good, had it been next week I would probably be recovered but I think the game will come too soon for me.”

Charman knows Saturday’s visitors to Gorings Mead from last season, when he was at Eastbourne Borough playing in the Conference South. Thurrock finished bottom of the league and were relegated, and have struggled so far in their opening Ryman Premier games, making this weekend’s clash 50/50, according to the Horsham talisman.

Meanwhile Charman believes Darren Lok may have played his last loan game for Horsham after scoring the winner for The Sports on Saturday and being rewarded with a new contract.

“It’s doesn’t look positive I have to admit. From speaking to people and keeping my ear to the ground I know he’s trained really well at Eastbourne and he’s looked sharp and scored goals so he is being rightly rewarded,” Charman added.

For all your preview news ahead of the big FA Cup clash, pick up your copy of the West Sussex County Times, out on Thursday.

Horsham v Thurrock kicks off at 3pm at Gorings Mead and promises to draw the biggest crowd of the season so far.