Hornets will be at their strongest for important few weeks

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12:  The FA Trophy during the FA Trophy media day on the river Thames on March 12, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Tom Shaw - The FA/The FA via Getty Images) PPP-141203-195313003
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: The FA Trophy during the FA Trophy media day on the river Thames on March 12, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw - The FA/The FA via Getty Images) PPP-141203-195313003
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Gary Charman believes his squad is the strongest it has been this season ahead of their FA Trophy clash against Hayes & Yeading on Sunday.

The Horsham player-manager has highlighted a crucial few weeks for his side and insisted the players are up for the challenge.

The Hornets travel to the Conference South side in the third qualifying round on Sunday and Charman knows his side have enough quality to clinch a place in the first round along with the £4,000 prize money if they play to their potential.

With Max Miller back from suspension, a number of injury problems clearing up and the recent addition of Samir Hadi, Horsham believe they are in good shape ahead of the glamour of the FA Trophy and dogfight to pull themselves out of the Ryman League South Division relegation zone.

Speaking before Hornets’ 5-1 Ryman League Cup drubbing on Wednesday night, Charman said: “It’s an important time for us with Sunday and then some huge league games coming up. The Trophy is a really big cup and apart from the FA Cup, the second biggest non-league trophy around.

“We are going into Sunday full of confidence after a decent performance in the league a couple of weeks ago. You are only as good as your last game and we won that.

“It’s going to be a tough ask, but I know a bit about them and I have spoken to a couple of sources that have played them. The Bromley coach has given me a good write up on them and I spoke to Eastbourne who beat them a couple of weeks ago.

“It’s more down to us I think than them. If they turn up and are excellent, they will have too much for us, I am not going to beat around the bush, but if we turn up then we are more than capable of beating any Conference team or below.

“They will find us difficult to play against and the squad is the best it has ever been, although I am still looking for one more.”

With this weekend’s fixture being on Sunday due to Hayes’ landlords Maidenhead United being at home on the Saturday, it also gives Horsham an extra day off.

Charman continued: “Max Miller is back from injuries and suspensions and we are strong all over the park.

“The bench last Saturday was Kieron Tarbie, Ryan Marriott, who has been excellent since coming back, Harry Smith, Troy Williams and Tom Frankland. That’s the best bench I have ever had. You put Max Miller into that and all of a sudden we are looking a lot stronger.

“There are not many benches better than that in this league and when we start playing regularly, we will start climbing the league.”