HORSHAM’S assistant manager Hugo Langton says his side need to get back to basics following last night’s League Cup defeat at Folkestone Invicta.
A brace from James Everitt, a Darren Smith penalty and goals from Josh Burchell and Cade Mortimer gave the Ryman South promotion chasers a convincing 5-0 win which dealt Horsham their biggest defeat of the season.
“The difference between the sides was nothing to do with what division they were in or what competition it was, it was simply that on a cold, wintery night in Folkestone, the Folkestone players worked hard and wanted it more than we did,” Langton said.
“They passed the ball around brilliantly and kept it simple - unfortunately everything we didn’t do.
“Without laying into the lads too much, because we did have a lot of players missing, in my opinion it’s time for some players to have a think about their roles and responsibilities in the team.
“My message to the players is to get back to basics, and that’s working hard and keeping it simple, not trying 50 yard passes that the likes of Beckham and Gerrard try.
“There were players out there who in my opinion didn’t fancy it. You can tell by someone’s body language, that on a cold Wednesday night away from home you’re not up for it. But that’s when you have to step up and show some character and say I have not just come here to get rolled over.
“Probably we are lacking that bit of leadership or experience. That is not having a go at the lads in saying that but finding players with Ryman League experience is not easy when you can only pay player’s petrol money.
“Justin, Richard and I are ringing people all the time trying to sell the other aspects of the club and will keep doing so but it’s not easy.”
One positive though was the work-rate of forward Dane Luchford. Langton said: “For me there’s always positives, and Dane Luchford ran himself around the pitch at Cheriton Road like his life depended on it.”
This Saturday Horsham go to in-form Chesham Utd of the Southern League in the FA Trophy, knowing victory will net them a much-needed £2,200 in prize money.
Langton added: “They have won all of their games at home, I think it’s six or seven so it’s a tough ask but hopefully they’ll look at us and think ‘we can stick a few past these’ and maybe complacency will kick in. Either way we’ll be giving it a right go.”