Horsham new boy Medlock targets play-offs

Horsham FC's Billy Medlock
Horsham FC's Billy Medlock

Horsham’s new signing Billy Medlock plans to give the fans something to cheer about in the Ryman League Division 1 South this season.

The prolific striker, signed from Eastbourne Borough believes the Hornets are capable of making the play-offs.

Medlock was released from Eastbourne Borough and went close to scoring against his former team-mates on his home debut for Simon Colbran’s team on Tuesday night with a piledriver which thundered against the post.

Following their 4-0 defeat against a side from two divisions above, Medlock, 21, said: “A lot of the team has changed since I played for them. We played well and are getting better and better. Everyone’s gelling and I’m hoping we can push on this season and do well.

“I think we can easily make the play-offs if not gain promotion.

“We’ve got a few errors we have to work on - I hit the post and it would have been nice if that had gone in. We made them look average tonight. If we can get the fans behind us I’d love to go on an FA Cup run.”

Medlock came up through the youth ranks at Borough who are his home town club so it was disappointing when he was released by new boss Tommy Widdrington following the sacking of long-serving manager Garry Wilson.

He revealed his experience playing for Simon Colbran on loan at Redhill last season convinced him he wanted to come to Horsham. He said: “I have a lot of time for Simon and a lot of respect. He’ll get us going and it’s going to be good playing here.”

Medlock reckons the side still needs strengthening in central midfield and playing with a tall partner up front suits him best.

He said: “I’d like to see Gary Charman play in the middle, although that might leave us short at the back and ideally a big striker to play up front with as I’m fairly small. Enddy Nerplat did OK but doesn’t speak much English so it isn’t easy to communicate. Kery Kedze did alright when he came on.

“But I think we’ll do well and I’m sure I’ll score a few goals this season.”

Colbran praised his two new signings after Tuesday’s pre-season friendly but admitted he doesn’t know which position is best yet for his French acquisition.

He said: “Billy’s a quality player, that’s why I was desperate to get him here. He was superb - I was behind the goal when he hit the post and it would definitely have gone in.

“Enddy’s a good addition. He attacks the ball and defends too. He played him at the back on Saturday and tonight he was strong up front. He has pace and brought Billy in. We are trying to work out where he’s best.”

Colbran has now released his several triallists and settled on his squad for the season and will finalise who will start the opening league fixture during the next few pre-season games.

He admitted: “I’m not looking for any more players but if someone knocks on my door who is better than what we’ve got I’d be mad to turn them down.”

On Saturday Horsham opened their pre-season campaign with two away games when a youthful line-up beat Steyning 5-0 thanks to a brace from former Crawley Town youth Mithun Nayee plus goals by Harry Smith, Ryan Hallett and Danny Keita. The rest of the squad took on big-spending Ryman Division 1 South champions Whitehawk, losing 3-0.

This Saturday having played two stronger teams they face one at a similar level in the form of a Southend-based side Great Wakering Rovers who suffered relegation from the Ryman League last season and will be plying their trade in the Essex League. They will travel early and use the trip to Essex as a team-building exercise, before a friendly with their landlords YMCA on Tuesday evening, July 31, kick-off 7.30pm