Saturday brings us up against the first of three coastal opponents in the space of eight days when we host Shoreham in the league for the first time since 1950 (kick-off 3pm).
With matches against reigning champions Littlehampton Town and an FA Cup tie at Deal Town to come, the Hornets will want to continue their unbeaten start to the season with victory over a Shoreham side who will be in confident mood after scoring eight times in last weekend’s rout of St Francis Rangers. That win was the first of the season for The Musselmen, after an opening day defeat to Lancing and a 1-1 draw with Hassocks that has them occupying fourteenth place in the Southern Combination League Premier Division table.
After a number of years of under-achievement, much is expected of player-manager Kane Louis’ side this season after Chairman (and new owner) Stuart Slaney brought in new investment during the summer and one of the club’s new signings has wasted little time in settling in to life on the south coast. Former Uxbridge striker Melford Simpson has been likened to Didier Drogba in the past and has been tipped by Louis to reach thirty goals this season after announcing his arrival with a goal in the pre-season defeat to Brighton. The manager’s prophecy could well prove accurate with the powerful frontman helping himself to seven of his side’s ten goals to date, including five against St Francis, so he will undoubtedly carry the visitors’ main attacking threat. The Hornets have a number of players missing for this match with Niall O’Hagan and Adam Hunt unavailable and Kevin Keehan joining long term absentees Evan Archibald and Tom Gilbert after failing to recover from his troubled hamstring that he aggravated during the early stages of Sunday’s win against Lancing.
Thursday, 23rd July 2009 (Pre-season friendly)
Shoreham 0 Horsham 5 (Claude Seanla 3, Jack Lyons, Lee Carney)
Horsham Football Club is grateful to Jim Rae for his generous sponsorship of this match, and to matchball sponsor Matt Dale.