Di Paola already concerned with possible pile-up

Horsham FC manager Dominic Di Paola. 19.09.2015. Pic Steve Robards SR1522349 SUS-150921-091714001
Horsham FC manager Dominic Di Paola. 19.09.2015. Pic Steve Robards SR1522349 SUS-150921-091714001

Horsham manager Dominic Di Paola has revealed he is already concerned about a possible fixture pile-up.

The Hornets’ derby game at Loxwood was postponed on Saturday, as was their rearranged Sussex Senior Cup game at Whitehawk on Tuesday night.

Broadbridge Heath FC waterlogged pitch at the BBH Leisure Centre

Broadbridge Heath FC waterlogged pitch at the BBH Leisure Centre

Both they and leaders Eastbourne Town have played the fewest games of the top seven sides in the Premier Division, up to two less than those around them.

Horsham’s league fixtures could also be further hindered by involvement in the Peter Bentley Cup as well.

Di Paola said: “I am getting a bit concerned. I never want them off, we are always trying to get as many on as possible.

“That time at East Preston (when a backlog of fixtures saw them pipped to the title) still haunts me, but there isn’t much anyone can do about it.

“It was 15 games in five weeks at EP which cost us dearly and at this level, you cannot recover, you need a squad of 30 players to do that.

“It could all look very different at the end of the month though if we go out the cups to Whitehawk and Loxwood.

“It’s the same for everyone, we are not massively behind in the fixtures and Eastbourne Town are in a similar boat and in the Senior Cup.

“Although we are getting to the funny part of January and February now when there is potentially snow and it’s really cold. One positive is that the home games should all be on as the pitch is good.”

Tuesday’s postponement in the third round against the Hawks means the game will now take place at the Enclosed Ground next Tuesday (January 12).

Due to that their Premier Division match at Broadbridge Heath rearranged for that day, has been pushed back to Tuesday, February 2.

Goalkeeper Gareth Williams is set to return for Saturday’s home match with Littlehampton after his honeymoon.

Stopper James Shaw, who was signed as cover, is set to join a Ryman League club, but will remain dual-registered as cover.

Di Paola said: “I thought James had a really good game against YM - his kicking was good, everything - but it’s good to have Gareth back as he knows the way we play.”

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1 Make this website your homepage

2 Like our Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/Sport-Sussex

3 Follow us on Twitter @SportSussex

4 Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!