Horsham FC have been challenged to hit the heights of their ‘best performance of the season’.
A stunning first-half display set the Hornets up for a 4-3 win over Sittingbourne on Tuesday night, which lifted them off the foot of Ryman Division 1 South.
And assistant manager Gary Charman, who played despite illness, declared: “I said to them you’ve set your standard now. We asked them for a response and they responded. “They’ve set their standard and although I don’t expect that first 45 minutes every game, I do expect it more regularly.”
Charman believes boss Simon Colbran’s pre-match roasting did the players a world of good after not doing themselves justice in recent defeats. “There was stuff moved in the changing room because the players needed it. We see them train, we know they’re a lot better then what they’ve shown, especially over the last few weeks,” he said.
“Overall it was all about the three points and the performance and we got both of them so I’m over the moon.”
The players and management have come under fire from the fans after successive FA Trophy and FA Cup defeats and two poor away league showings, criticisms which Charman said were justified.
Despite occupying the bottom spot in Ryman South for four days prior to Tuesday’s win, the result keeps Horsham unbeaten in three league games, seven points from a possible nine - three more then they picked up at Gorings Mead all last season.
But far from getting carried away Charman added: “Three points is great, it probably takes us off the bottom of the league, but that’s gone now in my opinion. Saturday is another must win.”