Horsham struggle to cover key absences

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JOHN MAGGS admits he is running low on options as he searches for cover ahead of Monday’s game at home to Croydon Athletic.

While bottom of the league Croydon are starting to strengthen again after the Pakistan cricket betting scandal plunged the club into a deep crisis, Horsham are battling to make up the numbers for the Ryman Premier Division fixture. At least five first team regulars are certainties to miss the game: Michael Hector, Gary Charman and Paul Kennett are all suspended after their dismissals two weeks ago against Hastings; Ryan Woodford is also serving a one game ban, and Lee Carey is away on business.

Also adding to the Hornets woes is a suspension for Ben Andrews for the trip to Kingstonian on January 3.

Any attempts Maggs has made to secure a short term loan have come up blank, and he may turn to players he has on a dual registration.

“It has been very slow,” Maggs remarked. “I could possibly look at going back to Reading again (where Hector has been loaned from) but there is a danger that with the present climate they will not kick a ball and we continue paying for them. For example, with Michael, if he does not play there is still the wages.

“I will look at some of my dual signed players, people like Tom Graves, John Westcott and Dean Wright.”

Meanwhile, Horsham’s Sussex Senior Cup third round tie at Hassocks on Tuesday fell victim to the weather.