Lok could still be key for Horsham ahead of FA Cup clash

JPCT 01-09-12 S12360264X football.  Horsham v Tooting & Mitcham. Debut, no. 10  -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 01-09-12 S12360264X football. Horsham v Tooting & Mitcham. Debut, no. 10 -photo by Steve Cobb

Simon Colbran is still hoping to rely on the services of on-loan striker Darren Lok.

The young forward signed a contract at parent club Eastbourne Borough before netting the only goal for The Sports in their 1-0 Conference South win over Basingstoke Town on Saturday.

In the run-up to the Hornets big FA Cup clash with Thurrock this Saturday, both Colbran and assistant manager Gary Charman had said it could mean Lok had played his last game for them.

But speaking to the West Sussex County Times later in the week Colbran said: “Even though he’s signed a contract he could still play for us, it would just mean a change of paperwork.

“No one has said Darren won’t be playing for us so we’ll have to wait and see on that one.

“We are waiting to hear if Darren and Tom Gilbert (also on loan from Eastbourne) are available for Saturday, but Billy Joe King (on loan from Tonbridge Angels) can play.”

And Colbran hinted that even if Lok had played his last game in green and amber there were other loan options available to him. “Even if Darren is unavailable there is the possibility of looking at others at Eastbourne.

“Gary obviously played there last season and I have played and coached there in the past so we have good links at the club and manager Tommy Widdrington, and with the financial situation we are in that sort of help is much appreciated.

“We had eight out in our last game, and when you rely on a small squad with a low budget like ours you can’t afford that so we have to do what we can and hope in future we’ll be better equipped to deal with it.”

Colbran is likely to again be short of options for the weekend’s Second Preliminary Round clash with Thurrock.

Charman (severe dead leg) is a major doubt, as is midfielder Adam Hutchings (calf), while Scott Harris is definitely still missing.

Charlie Farmer though should return having suffered a poisonous bite on his leg while on holiday, as should Eddie Kaboah, who has been struggling with a knock for some time.

Colbran’s Hornets have beaten Raynes Park Vale and VDC Athletic to get this far. And should they beat bottom of the Ryman Premier table Thurrock they will not only net a much-needed £4,500, but also be just two wins away from a magical First Round Proper draw.

“It’s definitely our biggest game of the season,” Colbran asserted. “Being the FA Cup, and being the second qualifying round, that First Round proper isn’t all that far away.

“Being at home is an advantage, and even with players still out I’m expecting a massive improvement from Saturday.

“The players have to enjoy games like these and so do the supporters. I’m hoping they turn out in their numbers, are as loud as they can be and be our twelfth man on Saturday because it’s going to be a very tough game.”

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