Hornets boss Simon Colbran called midfielder Adam Hutchings ‘superb’ in the side’s 2-0 victory over Walton Casuals on Saturday.
Second half goals from Gary Charman and Ryan Marriott were enough for a second three points in the league in five days.
But Colbran singled out the performance of former youth product Hutchings for special praise. Having now established himself in the first team Hornets fans are finally seeing the best of the central midfielder, whose willingness to learn has been a big reason behind some fine recent performances.
“He was superb,” Colbran beamed. “He was brilliant today...I thought the first half he was sitting a little too deep on the back four, but at half time we told him what we wanted of him and second half he was brilliant.
“That’s the good thing about Hutch, he will listen to you and he will do it, and he’s learning and becoming a very good player.
“Last year I said stick with it, you will get your chance. If you go from club to club sometimes you never get settled, but if you stick with a club all of a sudden when you get your chance you have to take it and that’s what he’s done.”
The lengthy absence of Scott Harris has seen Hutchings and Ryan Marriott paired in the middle to great success over the last few games, Hutchings linking defence and attack and complimenting Marriott’s creativity.
Harris warmed up with the team ahead of Saturday’s match and could resume full training this Thursday, although he is still likely to be ‘a couple of weeks’ away from match fitness.
Charman got the side on the way to another three points by nodding in Eddie Kaboah’s cross just shy of the hour mark. Charman has been favoured in attack in his two games back from injury and has helped provide Horsham with a much-needed cutting edge as the side have rattled in six goals against Casuals and Sittingbourne.
“Like I said at the beginning of the season, all the time I’ve been in management Gary’s the best signing I’ve done for any team, and I mean that as well.
“I fought hard to get Gary here, I was on the phone to him every other day and he said ‘you’ve really started to get on my nerves’, but I couldn’t say no to you in the end.’” Colbran added.
But with Colbran on the verge of wrapping up the signing of another striker - a player who has played at a higher level who people ‘will know’ - Charman could revert back to centre back.