Horsham’s basement clash with Casuals is ‘must win’

Horsham player-manager Gary Charman is set to miss tonight's game through illness
Horsham player-manager Gary Charman is set to miss tonight's game through illness

Ian Varley has labelled Horsham’s bottom-of-the-table clash with Walton Casuals tonight as a must-win game.

The Hornets are eight points from safety and host the Ryman League South Division basement side, who sit just three points below them in the table, at Gorings Mead.

The home side do, however, have as many as six games in hand on teams around them after suffering postponements and having cup commitments, with their last league game coming almost a month ago.

Casual on the other hand, after losing their opening ten games of the season, have suffered just one defeat in their last four matches.

Head coach Varley has pulled no punches on thoughts of the game and said: “It is our biggest game of the season by a long way. We must get the three points to distance ourselves from Walton and start clawing back the teams above us.

“It’s definitely a must win game. Being at home, I’d say that we have the advantage and it should help us knowing a few of their players so I’d expect us to win.”

Horsham player-manager Gary Charman is unlikely to be at the game due to illness which ruled him out from Horsham’s FA Trophy defeat on Sunday.

Former Hornet Billy Dunn, who asked to be released by Horsham earlier in the season, has been plying his trade with Casuals in recent weeks and long with Gabriel Odunaike.

Kick-off tonight is 7.30pm.