Frankland steps down and Horsham beat at Sittingbourne

Horsham striker Jamie Cade
Horsham striker Jamie Cade

Horsham have suffered a double blow today with a 2-1 loss at Sittingbourne along with news emerging that Rob Frankland has left the club.

The Hornets sunk to their third defeat of the new season at Sittingbourne this afternoon and the assistant manager also stepped down during the week.

The former goalkeeper has been part of the management team over the past few years, serving under Charman and John Maggs but he has revealed that the disappointing start to the season had left him feeling frustrated.

Frankland has insisted that a more experienced man is needed to work alongside manager Gary Charman.

Speaking to the club’s website, Hornets Review, he said: “After pre-season, and the disappointment of losing our first two games, I felt it wasn’t really working out for the club so I told Gary on Wednesday that I would be stepping down.

“I’m gutted because I love Horsham. It’s the best club I’ve ever played at and worked for but after Tuesday’s defeat at East Grinstead I only slept for two hours because the result was going round and round in my head.

“I was the assistant-manager so I’m not totally blameless. I have to take some responsibility for the results and hope that me stepping down will give someone else the opportunity to come in and do a better job.

“Everything I do revolves around football and, to me, football is all about enjoyment so when that starts to disappear then its time to get out.”

Horsham are still without a win or even a point in the South Division of the Ryman League after three games.

The visitors led the Kent side 1-0 at half-time thanks to a Billy Dunn goal, but were pegged back in the second half through a 62nd-minute Tom Brunt goal, before Harry Smith hit what turned out to be the winner four minutes later.

Horsham now hosts Sussex rivals Burgess Hill on Tuesday night.

Horsham: Williams, Hamilton, Kaffo, Gilbert, King, Tarbie, Morley, Nwachuckwu, Miller, Cade, Dunn. Subs: Bingham, Smit, Hills, Gibson, Frankland.

Full report and reaction in Thursday’s paper.