HORSHAM played their first pre-season game of the new season on Saturday at Raynes Park Vale, where they finished with a 0-0 draw.
The game was used to mainly test trialists but one man who did impress was former Horsham YMCA and Broadbridge Heath goalkeeper Ken Westoby, who saved a penalty.
Asked if he had a chance of being Horsham’s number one for the new season, assistant manager Hugo Langton said: “At the moment it’s difficult to say. He was one of the guys to stand out with the penalty save and a number of other decent saves, he’s brave and a good shot-stopper. He’s done himself no harm but there’s still some work for him to do, but at the moment I can’t fault him.”
Since the game four players have been told they haven’t made the grade while a numbers of others will be given one last chance to prove themselves when Horsham take on Farnborough Town tomorrow night (Wednesday).
Langton said: “We got what we wanted from the game no question about that. It’s hard telling players they haven’t made it but some were just not quite up to it and we know what is needed to compete at this level.”
Speaking about the Farnborough game, Langton said a stronger team would be on show with manager Justin Luchford expected to field a number of his first official signings.
He added: “We’ve signed some good players and I’m hoping they’ll be on show. Some have played at a higher level and have good football pedigree, for me there’s some really exciting players who I expect to do well next season.”