Honeymoon is over for Horsham boss

JPCT-20-08-11 SC11340550a football. Horsham v Bury Town. -photo by steve cobb
JPCT-20-08-11 SC11340550a football. Horsham v Bury Town. -photo by steve cobb

JUSTIN Luchford has promised changes to the Horsham line up this weekend.

The Hornets boss declared the honeymoon period officially over after back-to-back wins at Kingstonian and AFC Hornchurch were followed by back-to-back defeats to Lewes and Margate at Gorings Mead.

“My teams know I won’t accept anything less than 100 per cent effort and I’m not getting that at the moment so changes are needed pretty quickly,” Luchford said.

“Probably my expectations are a bit higher after two good results. Against Kingstonian we played for 90 minutes, as I have said we got a bit lucky at Hornchurch but I don’t know why we aren’t starting games better. I don’t know if it’s players not being able to take on board instructions or that they’re not good enough but something needs to change.

“The honeymoon was over after we lost to Lewes because from winning two in a row we’d suddenly won two and lost two of our first four games which became an average start.”

The 2-1 defeat saw starts for new signings Russell Eldridge - who returned to the club from Burgess Hill - and Calum McGeehah from Thamesmead, who replaced the perhaps unfortunate Jake Jacobs in the heart of the defence.

Having lost all three of their games at home so far Horsham will be encouraged that this Saturday’s game is an away one at Ryman Premier new boys East Thurrock, and Luchford admitted the home performances were of concern.

He said: “It’s nice to be going away this week. It’s not a great situation to be in at the moment because it can play on your mind.

“The players want to put on a display for the home fans so we have to stop the rot, I’d probably take a point from our next home game as something to build on.

“But if we can get a win on Saturday that gives us nine points from six games and I’d be happy with that.”