Luchford stand by calamity keeper

HORSHAM manager Justin Luchford has backed keeper Matt Armstrong-Ford but admitted he may have to consider a replacement.

The 21-year-old Hornets stopper was at fault for two of the goals as Horsham crashed out of the FA Cup in the Second Qualfying Round replay against Burnham last night.

And with Ken Westoby waiting in the wings, Luchford said he had a decision to make ahead of Saturday’s home game against Concord Rangers.

“I know I need to look at the goalkeeping, Ken must be sitting there on the bench wondering what the hell is going on?” Luchford remarked.

“I’m not the business of killing goalkeepers at a young age and dragging them off when they make mistakes, Matt is 21 he has a lot to learn.

“I will have a think about Ken, is he ready to play Ryman Premier? He was great pre-season, my worry is the height situation, it’s an area I need to look at. I have backed Matt, I have kept backing him, but I cannot back him any more.

“If someone comes along that’s better then maybe. Matt is OK, he is learning, he does alright for us, people forget that in the last 20 minutes against Kingstonian he was making world class save after world class save.”