A break from the league sees Horsham in FA Cup action this Saturday when Raynes Park Vale are the visitors to Gorings Mead (3pm k/o).
Simon Colbran’s Hornets have taken one point from their opening two Ryman South games, and after being particularly unhappy with throwing away the lead to lose at Eastbourne Town in the week the manager is seeing the prestigious competition as a real chance to get the season going.
“I just feel there’s a bit of what happened last year still hanging over our heads,” Colbran said in reference to the club’s relegation from the Ryman Premier.
“I honestly can’t understand it, we have a completely different squad and it’s a new season.
“I really feel we just need a win under our belts and we can move on from their and really achieve something. We have to just forget what happened last year, get it out of our heads.”
On paper Horsham go in as slight favourites, playing a step higher then the South West Londoners, who ply their trade in the Premier Division of the Combined Counties League.
Raynes Park have enjoyed a mixed league start to the season, winning two and losing two, but they have already tasted a sweet victory over a Horsham side in the competition, thrashing YM 8-0 on their own patch in the previous round.
And Colbran thinks their Preliminary Round tie will be a close contest. “I’d say it’s fairly even, they are doing quite well this year and as soon as it comes to the FA Cup teams automatically raise their game,” he said.
“You see it all the time, Premier League teams getting beaten by lower league teams and the favourites getting knocked out, it’s about who performs on the day.”
Striker Billy Medlock is expected to miss out after aggravating a toe injury at the end of the 3-1 defeat at Eastbourne. Ryan Marriott, Gary Charman and Matt Simpson all picked up slight knocks but Colbran is hopeful the trio will all be available.
And two days later on the Bank Holiday Monday (August 27, 3pm k/o), Horsham travel to Whitstable Town with a real chance of securing a first league three points against a side who have lost both of their opening games.
Live updates from Horsham v Raynes Park Vale will be available right here on the County Times website from just before 3pm.