HORNETS manager Hugo Langton promised to work hard on raising standards at the club after his side suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat at home to Billericay which sent them crashing to the bottom of the table.
A punishing start on Tuesday night saw the Essex side hit the woodwork twice and score two goals in the first 22 minutes, both netted by Craig Edwards.
At the other end Horsham offered little but a couple of off-target misses and it was perhaps surprising the lead was only 2-0 at half-time.
After the break Billericay sealed victory with a third goal headed home on 62 minutes by Jay May.
But a big defeat looked certain as Horsham were reduced to 10 men for the last 25 minutes when Ian Varley was sent-off for pulling an opponent’s shirt when through on goal, his second bookable offence.
Billericay took advantage by scoring two more goals in the next 11 minutes, both efficiently put away by the impressive Emeka Onwubiko to lift themselves to the top of the table.
Langton said; “We didn’t keep the ball at all well, we didn’t pass the ball. Our work-rate wasn’t great. I’ve been saying for weeks if we drop our standards we get beaten and that’s what’s happened tonight.
“Billericay are the best team I’ve seen this season. Maybe they are not the most glamorous but you can see they are well organised and well-drilled.
“We’ve got to have a look at ourselves between now and Saturday and need to get back up again.
“We need to stick together, look after each other, roll our sleeves up and stop Kingstonian from playing and keep the ball when we’ve got it.
“I am not going to make big changes to the squad because I haven’t got the recources for that. I love this job because I’ve got a lot of work to do.
“Instead of going home and watching X-Factor I can think about how we are going to fix things.
“Stuff happens in life but the beautiful thing is in four days time we have the opportunity to go again ad put it right.”
Langton praised 17-year-old Jake Jacobs who impressed at right back in place of the suspended Helge Orome.
He said: “Jake Jacobs was magnificent tonight. He played out of position and I don’t care what anybody says, the boy’s mustard. He was head and shoulders above anyone else in yellow and has got a great future in the game.”