Horsham manager Simon Colbran insists this season is about stability ahead of their opening game this Saturday.
His Hornets host Corinthian-Casuals at Gorings Mead and ahead of his first full season at the helm he is urging calm.
“Make no mistake it’s going to be a tough season,” he said. “People have been talking about promotion but this is a hard league so we need some perspective.
“If we win more games then we lose then I’ll be happy, anything else will be a bonus.”
Colbran’s only absentee should be Wayne Clarke, who is out for at least two weeks with a groin strain picked up during last Saturday’s friendly defeat at Thamesmead. Matt Simpson and Tony Nwachukwu also picked up knocks but should be fully fit, along with experienced duo Gary Charman and Ian Varley. Striker Billy Medlock could also feature after getting the all clear from a specialist on Tuesday.
Three players who definitely won’t feature are Jaufrey Mahdoo, Joel Mbata and Manu Cadima after the trio were sent out on loan this week. It follows Colbran’s unhappiness at Saturday’s 3-1 defeat, although the manager insists they have a future at Horsham.
He said: “I said I would react and I have. But they are all young players and while they might not be ready for first team action they all have something an their attitude has been first class.”
The manager was unhappy with two unnamed players who pulled out of Tuesday’s final warm-up, and said he would have no hesitation in blooding youngsters into the first team if issues with commitment arise.
Colbran was in talks over signing three players ahead of the Thursday deadline, but says getting one of those to sign would satisfy him.
Saturday’s game at Gorings Mead kicks off at 3pm.