Di Paola backs his Hornets to continue to improve

Hassocks v Horsham. Pic Steve Robards. SR1518160 SUS-151008-130609001
Hassocks v Horsham. Pic Steve Robards. SR1518160 SUS-151008-130609001

Horsham manager Dominic Di Paola is backing his new-look side to continue to improve as the season picks up pace.

The Hornets sit fourth in the Southern Combination League Premier Division after two games into their return to Step 5 of the footballing pyramid.

A thrilling 3-0 win over local rivals Broadbridge Heath on Tuesday night was witnessed by a bumper midweek crowd of 335 at Gorings Mead - to encompass some of the excitement surrounding this season.

There were a solid number of Heath supporters, but that attendance - bank holidays aside - was Horsham’s highest since October 2012.

That was on the back of them kicking-off the season with a 1-1 draw against Hassocks on Saturday - much to Di Paola’s frustration, which is an illustration of the high standards he expects.

The new boss has told supporters they can expect more to come from his experienced side. After Tuesday’s win, he said: “It was much better.

“There was more intensity, more positive with the passing and maybe we can put Saturday down to a bad day at the office in hot conditions.

“There was a better attitude from the players and they were more clinical. I am sure there are better performances to come and we will improve.

“But it was much more pleasing and more like our sort of team.

“It was fantastic support again and that is the exciting thing about being at a club like this. Yes, it will give the opposition a boost, but it will to us as well. Sides do not get great support like that in the County League is very often, we are lucky to here.”

The 34-year-old was pleased to see better movement and pace from his side and says they will learn how to play more to the prolific Scott Murfin’s style.

He added: “We scored three really good goals and it could have been a couple more, but I am pleased - it was the polar opposite to Saturday.

“I think we will get better and better. We will learn to get the best out of Scott Murfin as well. He played really well and there was nothing wrong, but we will all improve.”

“Scott unfortunately missed pre-season and we have not really done anything together until the start of the season.

“If he plays like he did against Broadbridge Heath and does not score all season I would be happy, I am sure he wouldn’t though, but I am sure it won’t be the case.”

Horsham host Lancing in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup on Sunday at 3pm.

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