Hornets will not panic despite misfiring start

Kieron Thopre in action on his Horsham debut on Saturday
Kieron Thopre in action on his Horsham debut on Saturday

Horsham assistant manager Rob Frankland has said there is no need to panic after defeats to the division’s two new sides in their opening two games.

Hornets kicked off the Ryman League South Division season with a 2-0 defeat at home to South Park on Saturday and followed that up with a 2-1 reverse away at East Grinstead on Tuesday night.

The last time Horsham failed to win in their opening two games was back in 1998, and although Frankland admits they were aiming to have points on the board already, there will be no knee-jerk reactions as they work hard to put things right.

He said: “Of course it is a bit of a worry, but South Park won again on Tuesday night and we certainly feel East Grinstead on Tuesday were a side we could have beaten and were more than capable of beating.

“To be honest, the first 45 minutes were just frustrating, we just could not finish. We have the feeling that once that one goal comes, we’ll step on and beat a side by a few goals.

“As long as it goes on, with things going against us, we’ll work on it, stay positive and work hard for Saturday.

“We’ll never panic, we are at the start of a long season and only two games in. Of course we are disappointed to not have points on the board.

“We’ll sit down and have a chat with the boys and build their confidence up. When they are low you are doing no favours by going at them.”

Horsham travel on Saturday to face Sittingbourne, before hosting Burgess Hill on Tuesday.