Six months after taking over the reins at Horsham FC Simon Colbran says he finally feels like the squad has his stamp on it.
And having shifted the rather large monkey from their backs on Saturday with a first away league victory in more than a year, plus a positive showing in bowing out of the Sussex Senior Cup at Eastbourne Borough on Tuesday night, the Hornets boss believes the only way from here is up.
Having persuaded former skipper Ryan Woodford to return and signing target man Scott Tipper, adding to the recent additions of centre back Glen Woodburn and forward Evan Archibald, Colbran feels he has injected some much-needed muscle into the squad.
He said: “When I took over I gave every player in the squad the chance to prove themselves and I don’t regret a single decision I’ve made since then.
“It’s taken me six months to build what I now consider my squad and I’m extremely happy with what I’ve got. It’s taken (Roberto) Martinez three years to build his squad at Wigan so six months isn’t actually all that long.
“I knew we needed a bit more strength in the side and that’s what I’ve brought in with the four new additions, I’m delighted I’ve managed to get them here.”
Colbran’s most recent additions, Woodford and Tipper scored the goals as Horsham FINALLY ended a 15 month winless league run away from Gorings Mead with a 2-1 win at Leatherhead on Saturday.
The boss was impressed with both debutants, revealing that Woodford was first to volunteer for penalty duties before the game in the absence of regular taker Billy Medlock and the fact that he made no mistake when presented with the chance from 12 yards was “typical of his character”.
And on Tuesday the side were far from overawed in a narrow 1-0 defeat at Conference South Eastbourne Borough.
The Sports’ Grenadan international Elliott Charles scored the game’s only goal in the first half, and although the hosts failed to add to their lead they were worthing winners on the night as Horsham struggled to create much in the final third.
Saturday’s win over the Tanners made it seven points from their last three matches to leave Horsham 17th in the Ryman South table. The league remains extremely tight, with the Hornets five points off the bottom but also just six points below the play-offs.
With competition now in every position Colbran fully expects his side to begin climbing the table. He said: “The league is still very tight, at the moment we’re only a few points from the bottom but also only a few points from the top but one thing for sure is we are only looking upwards.
“We are looking to move on from this point in, we won’t be relegated that’s for sure so there only way is forwards for us.
And reacting to the news that young winger Tony Nwachukwu was likely to return from a lengthy knee injury at Christmas now he no longer requires surgery Colbran added: “I thought I’d be without his for at least six weeks to four months so it’s absolutely brilliant news.”
This Saturday Horsham travel to Walton & Hersham looking to make it four league games unbeaten against a home side who had a change of manager in the week.