Hornets hope FA Cup will prove a welcome tonic

JPCT 201113 S13470699x Gary Charman, Horsham FC, manager -photo by Steve Cobb ENGSUS00120131120134859
JPCT 201113 S13470699x Gary Charman, Horsham FC, manager -photo by Steve Cobb ENGSUS00120131120134859
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Horsham are hoping that the FA Cup will prove a welcome tonic from their indifferent league campaign on Saturday.

Hornets player-manager Gary Charman knows his side will have to be on their game if they are able to cause an upset and advance from the first qualifying round against division-higher Kingstonian.

The visitors have lost their first game of the season against Premier Division leaders Maidstone on Tuesday, while Horsham remain in the relegation places in the South Division after a 2-0 humbling at Redhill midweek.

Charman said: “How I am seeing it is that we are second bottom in the league and it gives us a break from that which, I hope, is what we need.

“We go into the game as underdogs as they were beat for the first time this week and that was by the leaders Maidstone.

“They will be extremely strong. I have had them watched and they have pace all over the park and are very energetic. It’s a good game for the supporters and players and we go in there with the belief we can cause an upset.”

Injuries and unavailabilities will mean Charman, who is still recovering from a virus, will be forced to play a part in Saturday’s match, which kicks off at 3.30pm owing to the Tour of Britain race in the town.

Jamie Cade is unavailable through work commitments, while Glen Woodburn may also struggle to make the match. Max Miller is ruled out with an ankle injury and Junior Kaffo is also sidelined.