HORSHAM’S inevitable relegation from the Ryman Premier could be confirmed this weekend if they are beaten at Bury Town.
The Hornets, rock bottom of the division having won just three games all season, could find themselves mathematically down if they don’t get either a win or a draw and other results go against them.
With four teams definitely going down, victory for fifth bottom Harrow Borough at home to Met Police will leave them on 37 points. If Horsham lose to Bury, even victories in all of their last seven matches would only put them on 36 points, and with seventh bottom Hastings already on 37 point they will be down. Even with a draw their goal difference is that much worse than that of Harrow - who also have a game in hand - they would virtually be down.
Relegation, when it arrives, will end the club’s six year spell in the Premier Division, after John Maggs gained promotion from Division 1 South by finishing runners up in 2005/06.
It will mark a new low in what has been a miserable season for the club, which remains without a permanent home despite plans to build a new ground at Hop Oast within two years.
For Simon Colbran, the club’s third manager of the current campaign, relegation will mean little to his rebuilding plans, which have always been aimed at preparing for life in Divison 1 South when he took over at the start of the month.
“It won’t change my plans in the slightest,” he said. “I always planned to take it game by game, get the squad to play as I want them to and to put a bit of confidence back in the side and that won’t change.
“The way I see it is we have eight massive games left, and it’s a chance to see who wants to be here next season and who is capable of playing for this club next season. Relegation is not even on my mind to be honest.”
Colbran hopes to have a full squad available for the weekend, with a number of players returning after missing the mid-week defeat at Wealdstone.