BOTTOM of the table Horsham YMCA’s tough run of fixtures continues this Saturday when they host Ryman South leaders Metropolitan Police at Gorings Mead.
New manager John Cumberbatch’s first three fixtures since taking the reigns have pitted his side away at much fancied Whitehawk, at home against former YM boss Chris White’s Worthing and another local derby at promotion-chasing Burgess Hill.
An impressive point against the Rebels was sandwiched between two heavy away defeats and Cumberbatch’s men could well be in for another tough ride on Saturday against a side who have lost just one of 20 games all season and hold the best goal difference in the division.
Yet YM’s new manager says the deep end is exactly where he expected to be and while he is still getting familiar with his inherited squad this is the type of game where he will find out which of his players will sink or swim.
“On paper and on the pitch it’s going to be a very tough game but I knew that when I came here,” Cumberbatch said.
“I knew the situation, that we would have a series of tough games and actually I’m quite pleased that they are all tough games and not games that look easy and that we would be expected to win.”
And with several “niggling” injury worries perhaps giving other players a chance he said: “It’s exactly games like these where players can show if they are up to the test.
“Against Worthing we had a very good performance from the whole squad, the subs who came on also did well and that’s what I would expect again on Saturday.”
Cumberbatch, looking for his first win as YM boss, is hopeful of adding “one or two” players to the squad by Saturday if the club can complete the necessary paperwork.
But there are doubts over right back Danny Dudley (slight hamstring), attacking midfielder Kevin Lott (virus) and centre back pairing Marc Cumberbatch (persistent tendonitis) and Glenn Woodburn (hamstring).
He added: “If they’re not recovered all it does is give me the opportunity to have a look at some of the other players I haven’t had a chance to yet.”