HORSHAM’S youngsters will be given their chance to shine when the side travel to Southwick for tonight’s Brighton Charity Cup First Round tie.
Boss Hugo Langton will name a mixture of youth, fringe and first team players in the hope of avoiding another cup upset to County League opposition.
Adam Hutchings, Gareth Sanashee and Ahmed Jahar will all be named in the starting XI along with Under-18 striker Dean O’Keefe, who will be making his first team debut.
Reserve keeper Ken Westoby will start in goal with first teamers Tommy Murphy, Kery Kedze, Calum McGeehan and Williams Peauroux also expected to start, and for Langton, it will be the perfect place to see what the likes of young midfielder Hutchings can do.
He said: “I’m not going to name my strongest lineup, some will be rested, so it will be a mix of youngsters, fringe players and first teamers.
“If I’m honest Saturday’s game is more important, but I’m looking forward to tonight, watching the likes of Adam Hutchings, who hasn’t started many games but will want to lay down a marker with Williams (Peauroux) suspended for Saturday.
“It’s a first start for Dean (O’Keefe), he’s got a very bright future in the long term for Horsham so for players like that it’s a chance to impress.”
Although Langton admitted the competition was not his biggest priority he is also wary of a repeat of December’s cup defeat at County League Littlehampton.
“If we approach the game in the right way, have the right attitude and show discipline we’ll expect to win the game,” he said. “But if we approach the game as we did for Littlehampton then we could come unstuck.
“If I was their boss I’d be saying I’d be telling them to have a real go so that’s what we should expect, an extremely tough game. The perfect result would be no injuries, a win and a clean sheet, if we get all three things it will be job done.”
Southwick currently sit eighth in Division 2 of the County League