Horsham boss Di Paola tips opponents Hastings United to be in 'one of the title favourites'

Horsham manager Dominic Di Paola. SR1720470. Picture by Steve Robards
Horsham manager Dominic Di Paola. SR1720470. Picture by Steve Robards

Horsham manager Dominic Di Paola is expecting a tough encounter away at Hastings United tonight against a side he has tipped as in the mix as title favourites.

The Arrows lie second in the Bostik League South East table with 12 points from a possible 15 and will be keen to get back to winning ways in the league after losing 3-1 at Hythe Town last time out ten days ago.

They, like the Hornets, were on the right side of a 4-3 win in the FA Cup on Saturday, overcoming division-higher Leiston.

Horsham head to the Pilot Field occupying 14th place in the table having won two and lost three of their opening five league contests.

Di Paola - who previously managed Hastings - said: "I am really looking forward to it. They are a great side and had a really good start to the season so we have got to be at our best.

"They are one of the title favourites and have really started well, I think they have lost just one game in all competitions so far.

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"I am looking forward to a very good game though, we are looking forward to them all at the moment. We have a good group and everyone believes in what we are doing, which will help us.

"If I am being honest, we have dominated every game we have been in this season apart from the Carshalton Athletic, but this will be a different type of game."

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Di Paola admitted that one or two could be struggling with knocks, although we keeping any possible absentees close to his chest.

He added: "I'd like to keep things largely unchanged as we are getting some continuity in the squad and I think that is important."

Kick-off tonight is 7.45pm.