LONG-SUFFERING Horsham YMCA will be relegated on Saturday if they fail to win at Chatham.
After a long and turbulent season which has seen YM take sole custody of the bottom spot in the Ryman Division One table virtually from the start, their long since known fate will be a mathematical certainty if they fail to win only their fifth game of the season.
Even if they draw on Saturday and win all their remaining five games thereafter they can still only finish on the same number of points that their hosts Chatham will have, 34, which is one less then third-bottom Corinthian Casuals already have.
“To be honest I’m not too sure (if we will be mathematically relegated), it’s been a forgone conclusion for some time now and I haven’t looked at the table,” said manager John Cumberbatch, who replaced Colin Jenkinson in December with the side already adrift.
“Having already said the rest of the season would be about the players staking a claim for next season, he added: “It’s not just about impressing me, it’s about impressing the fans that we still have left and the people involved in the club who do a lot of hard work.
“It’s a chance to show there’s some hope. It’s a shame because if we’d had a bit more time things might have been a bit different.”
YM’s only hope is that they are given a reprieve although they have already been told by the league that that will be extremely unlikely.
Cumberbatch said he would be naming the same starting XI who he was impressed with in the narrow 1-0 defeat at Sittingbourne on Saturday, with striker Tom Yule his only fresh doubt because of illness.