It’s time to twist says Horsham boss Langton

JPCT-26-12-11 Horsham v Leatherhead at Gorings Mead -photo by steve cobb
JPCT-26-12-11 Horsham v Leatherhead at Gorings Mead -photo by steve cobb

HUGO Langton has promised bold tactics from now until the end of the season as he attempts to turn Horsham’s season around - starting this Saturday when Lowestoft Town come to Gorings Mead.

The Hornets boss is all too aware just how much of an attacking threat the Suffolk club pose, but buoyed by their superb draw at Lewes on Monday hinted he may attempt to fight fire with fire.

“We could hardly ask for a tougher fixture on the back of Lewes,” Langton said. “They are a great team with some fantastic players and a proper football club so it’s going to be a very hard test for us.

“Nobody is expecting us to get anything out of it and that takes the pressure off us. We were odds of 8-1 to win at Lewes and I expect it will be the same against Lowestoft but we are determined to put in another good shift.

“Let’s get something straight, their budget is ten times what mine is, they are gearing themselves for Conference football and have some highly talented players, but everyone can have an off day.

“They will come and have a go at us, we know that, but I have a plan in my head about how we are going to play. If it works then great but if it doesn’t then I will be making changes pretty quickly.”

The Trawler Boys are currently second in the Ryman Premier table after a fine run of form saw them take 25 points from a possible 27 games in a nine game unbeaten stretch. The run was ended by a 3-0 defeat away at AFC Hornchurch on Monday and Horsham - still without a home win all season - will be fearful of a backlash.

Langton should have almost his strongest squad to chose from, with Tommy Murphy (pictured) available to play after completing the necessary paperwork with the league, and goalkeeper Ken Westoby back on the bench, though Craig Wilkins still has a thigh problem and is expected to miss out.

Langton will name the same back four who defended so well at the Dripping Pan, meaning Callum McGeehan will keep his place ahead of Gareth Sanashee, but he may make changes elsewhere to try and cause some problems of their own. And with Saturday’s game the second of seven fixtures in a busy January, Langton feels the time is right to throw caution to the wind.

“Where we are in the table there is no point saying we are going out to limit the damage, we have to go for teams,” he said.

“We are bottom of the league, six points adrift from the team above us so we can either stick or twist. We have 19 games to go and in those 19 games we are going to twist. If it works then great and if it doesn’t then we will die trying but we will be having a right go.”

After the home defeat to Leatherhead on Boxing Day Langton and his squad devised a targeted points tally for each of their remaining games which he believes if they can match will keep the club up.

But he stressed there is now no room for performances like the 4-1 loss to the Tanners, adding: “If we play all of our 19 games the way we did against Lewes then we have a chance.”

Langton has also been delighted with his side’s commitment to training now issues over a venue have been resolved. They now have the use of three facilities, the pitch at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre and the astroturf at Billingshurst Leisure Centre and the indoor hall at Collyer’s College if needed.

He said: “Every training session I have 18 players, my whole squad, fighting for places, working their socks off and listening to me and Wilko (assistant manager Wilkins). For a side at the bottom of the league we are training like a team at the top, I’ve been blown away by the commitment of my players.”

Langton also praised the maturity of 19 year old Callum Dunne, who has taken over the captaincy in the absence of the injured Ryan Woodford in recent weeks. Woodford will be stepping up physio on his injured knee over the next two weeks and although he is still on course for a swift recovery Langton insists he will only return when completely ready.

Saturday’s game at Gorings Mead kicks off at 3pm and the club is again doing its Kids for a Quid initiative. If you can’t make the game you can follow all the action right here with our live updates throughout the match.