Horsham’s ‘caged animals’ raring to go at Pagham

HORNETS boss Hugo Langton says the matter of love will not be on the minds of his players tonight, who are like ‘caged animals’ after more than two weeks without a game.

Langton will name a strong team at Pagham for tonight’s Brighton Charity Cup second round game as he tries to get his players back up to fitness for a crucial Ryman League match on Saturday.

The tie against the County League high-flyers was called off late last Tuesday so had to be hastily rearranged for Valentine’s Day today, though Langton says all thoughts will be on getting the job done.

“We haven’t played for 17 or 18 days so we are dying to play,” he said. “My players are a bit like caged animals at the moment, they just want to get out there and play.

“I know it’s Valentine’s night but romance is dead as far as my dressing room is concerned, they would all rather be playing football then out wining and dinning anyway.”

Only Ray Freeman misses out with a knee problem along with long-term absentees Ryan Woodford and keeper Ken Westoby, and there will be no ‘messing about’ from the Hornets boss in his selection.

“We have a really hard game on Saturday at Hastings (at Gorings Mead),” said Langton. “Tonight is very hard but the key thing is I’m taking down all the players I can so they can work themselves into the ground and get their match sharpness back.

“But Pagham are a very good side as well and like I said last week whoever wants it more will win tonight. The most frustrating thing about it being called off last week wasn’t that we travelled all the way down there, it was that my players were all up for it despite the freezing weather. I hope they’re as up for it tonight.

“I’ll be starting with my strongest line up tonight, we’re not going down there to mess around or tweak things, we are going there to put in a professional performance, nothing else will do.”

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