Horsham have done their homework ahead of FA Trophy clash

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Horsham have carried out extensive homework on Saturday’s FA Trophy opponents Barkingside.

The Essex-based club sit 18th in the North Division and reports have pointed to a direct style and questionable surface at Cricklefields – where they groundshare with Ilford.

On paper, it looks a winnable second qualifying round tie for Horsham, with £3,2500 at stake, although player-manager Gary Charman is wary of their hosts scalp over Kingstonian in the last round.

He said: “We have prepared as much as we can, but at the same time, they could change all their team around and shape and that would come to nothing. At the end of the day we have to turn up on Saturday and be well organised, especially when we haven’t got the ball.

“The main thing for me is what we do when we are on the ball, if we can get our key players in good areas I am sure we can really hurt them.

“If someone was to offer me a replay or a 0-0 draw right now, I would take it as I think at home we would be a bit too strong for them. I wouldn’t say we are underdogs, I would say we go there even, there won’t be a lot in it.

“They beat Kingstonian (in the last round) so they have got to be a good side and they have won every game since as well, so they have obviously picked up, on our day though we are a match for anyone.”

Charman hopes to be at near full-strength, although top scorer Tony Nwachukwu faces a late fitness test, Glen Woodburn remains sidelined and Max Miller is suspended.