Trophy triumph can get Hornets buzzing

JPCT 230814 S14350779x Football, Ryman League South Division - Horsham v Merstham  -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-140826-101340001
JPCT 230814 S14350779x Football, Ryman League South Division - Horsham v Merstham -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-140826-101340001

Gary Charman wants his players to take the confidence from the FA Trophy success at the weekend into their league campaign.

The Horsham player-manager led from the front on Sunday as he hit a hat-trick in their 6-2 demolition of Sittingbourne.

He now wants the Hornets to build upon that cup showing and string a run of results together to lift themselves away from the Ryman League South Division relegation zone.

Horsham sit third from bottom with just three league wins to their name all season, but having played without any shackles in the cup, Charman is hoping it will be the lift they desperately needed.

He said: “It was a good team performance and we needed that. The team have been a little bit low, but at the same time that’s because of results and not so much the way we have been playing.

“We have got three or four massive league games coming up and we have got to start winning two in three just to get ourselves away from it and then enjoy the rest of the season.

“We are not going to go up we know that, but as long as by Christmas/January time we are far away from the relegation zone, we will see that as a successful season.

“It was a good performance from the boys considering we were very short staffed. It gave them a real boost, but it has happened before when we have won and the next game not been at the races.

“We have got to try and turn in three or four performances out of five rather than one here or there.”

Horsham travel to Three Bridges on Saturday, with their hosts occupying 16th place – their highest-ever position in the Ryman League.

Bridges manager and chairman Paul Faili said ahead of this week’s derby game that they currently have the best squad they have ever had at the club.

They go into Saturday on the back of a 4-1 home defeat to Faversham on Tuesday night.

Charman said: “It’s a big game, Three Bridges are our derby and its always been very close between the two sides.

“They were close games between the two sides last season and there has always been only three or four points between the two teams.

“They have some good players and had a decent start to the year and I think they will be chuffed with how they are doing. It’s a big test for us, but I know on our day we can compete with anyone.

Hornets will be boosted by the return of striker Jamie Cade and Kieron Tarbie, although Glen Woodburn is still injured and Billy-Joe King is unlikely to be rushed back.

Charman is also hoping to add more faces to his squad this week and added: “Hopefully, I will have a couple in as well.

“We will be stronger, but that doesn’t mean a good performance, hopefully we will play like we did on Sunday and get the result.”