Cant backing Horsham to beat the drop

Horsham have sacked joint managers Cliff Cant and Anthony Storey
Horsham have sacked joint managers Cliff Cant and Anthony Storey

Cliff Cant believes that the new-look Horsham squad has enough quality to stay up.

The joint manager has brought in a whole new team since taking over in January with only Gareth Williams, Tony Nwachukwu and Lewis Hamilton the remaining players from the start of the season.

The Hornets still sit bottom of the Ryman League South Division and are four points from safety, but results have improved despite a poor recent run.

Cant believes they have enough strength to stay up although is still talking to more players to bolster their chances.

He said: “I think there is definitely enough quality in the team and squad to keep us in this division.

“It’ll be nice to stay in the division and this squad, with a couple more additions, will do very well next season whoever is in charge.

“They will be better for the experience as well. There are some good youngsters and they all get on and there is a good spirit in the changing room.

“We have competed in all the games we have played. Redhill aside, which was filled with individual errors, but every game we have been in.

“Merstham last week, they are second and Tony (Nwachukwu) missed a chance at one end and they broke in the 95th minute and we are walking off with a 2-1 defeat rather than a 2-1 win and even at 2-0 down at Guernsey, we never gave up.”

Cant also admitted he was happy to be back at his former club and but will wait and see what the future holds.

He said: “I am enjoying it, although I would be more if we were winning a few more. It’s a nice football club with a lot of nice people.

“I think we will see where we are at the end of the season really. At the moment we are just worried about Saturday, then the following week and we will see where we go from there.

“I knew when I started that it wasn’t going to be easy. I knew what it was going to be and that we had to get our heads down, work hard and do as much as we can.”

Horsham hope to have captain Lewis Hamilton fit again for the visit of local rivals Three Bridges – a match which is sponsored by former Hornets manager John Maggs, who will be at the game on Saturday.

Tom Gilbert is unlikely to have recovered from ligament damage and Joe Obersteller is 50/50, although Tom Hughes is available after his suspension.

Cant said: “It’s a local game so it won’t be easy, but no game in this division is. We’ll prepare right, get our game right and go out there and give everything we have got.”