Striker search steps up ahead of Horsham’s 25 ‘cup finals’

Striker Jamie Cade left Horsham at the end of October
Striker Jamie Cade left Horsham at the end of October

Horsham player-manager Gary Charman recognises their desperate need for a goalscorer and believes it is an ‘absolute must’ they retain their Ryman League status.

The Hornets have scored just 25 times in 22 games, the lowest return in the league and nine of which have come from winger Tony Nwachukwu.

They have lacked an out-and-out striker since Jamie Cade left the club at the end of October and budget restrictions have meant attracting a replacement has been tough.

Charman now has a number of seven-day approaches in for front men and will be able to start talking to possible reinforcements immediately after Christmas.

The Hornets boss is hoping to acquire a proven forward to boost them in their remaining 25 games which he sees as ‘cup finals’.

But they aren’t likely to have anyone in for their trip to Corinthian Casuals on Saturday or their home clash with Worthing on New Year’s Day which they are aiming to take six point points from.

Charman said: “It’s two massive games coming up and we must take six points. I said I wanted six points from the three games we have played and we have got four, so, as a group, we have fell a couple of points short from that.

“At the same time, we have got the next three games and I want six points again. Hopefully, we can match what we have done or better it in those next three games.

“That is how we are going to have to play it. Game by game in groups of three as we have 25 games left and they are all cup finals, but it’s an absolute must we stay in this league.

“If you win two or three in a row in this league all of a sudden we wouldn’t be bottom, we wouldn’t even be in the bottom three. It can quickly change but I do need to bring a little bit of quality up top, because at the moment that is the position we are lacking.

“No disrespect to Max (Miller) or Jamie (Ampleford), but you saw the difference between the Faversham strikers and our strikers. There is no doubt about it, it makes a huge difference.”