Simon Colbran was pleased with his Horsham side for recording their first win of the season last night in the FA Cup but refused to get too carried away.
Fine goals from Adam Hutchings and Kery Kedze in the first half, and Ryan Marriott in the second saw the Hornets to a 3-1 replay win over Raynes Park Vale.
It was a much-improved display from the 2-2 draw against the Combined Counties side on Saturday at Gorings Mead - when only a late Tony Nwachukwu penalty kept them from crashing out - but for Colbran there are still improvements to be made.
“I’m pleased, but looking back and reflecting on one or two things I’m still not 100 per cent happy,” said Colbran, who became a grandfather for the first time not long after the end of the game.
“There are still things we need to work on, but saying that Raynes Park was not an easy place to go. No disrespect to them but the ground wasn’t great, it was a strange atmosphere and we did a professional job which was pleasing.
“But we won’t be getting too excited, just like we weren’t panicking before hand. We have played four games and only lost one so we’ve done OK, and hopefully last night will be a positive step forward.”
Horsham were good in defence and Colbran praised centre back pairing Gary Charman and Ian Varley, as well as Scott Harris, while he was also impressed with Adam Hutchings, who capped a good first start with a well-taken opening goal.
But he added: “Looking at last night and it’s the same ones who stand out, it’s time for a few others to step up and perform as well.”
Horsham have the chance of a first league win of the season when they host Tooting & Mitcham, a team who were also relegated from the Premier Division of the Ryman League last season.
Pictured is Gary Charman scoring a brilliant equaliser in Saturday’s 2-2 FA Cup draw.