After watching his side dismantle table topping Lancing on the weekend, a delighted Dom Di Paola took some time to speak to Matt Dale as his side ended The Lancers’ 100% league record and picked up another three points to remain unbeaten and further strengthen our own bid for the Sussex County League crown come May.
“It was a good win; we played well, probably the best we’ve played so far this season apart from the game against Epsom. We got off to a great start albeit with a little luck from their ‘keeper but it definitely helped us settle our nerves early on and we were able to play our own game once that happened” When asked if his team felt apprehensive going into the fixture Dom responded “a little bit, obviously we knew they were at the top and unbeaten but I think in some ways it helped because the lads really raised our own game and relished the test”
Di Paola accepted that that this was the performance the supporters were looking for after admitting his squad had not been at their best during the last week. A 2-2 draw against Arundel in which The Hornets fought back from 2-0 down was followed up by a 2-0 victory away to East Preston and the manager agreed that his side had been looking as though it had been simply going through the motions recently as he warned “we do need to be wary of complacency against the sides in the bottom half of the league, and I’ve told the lads they need to keep that kind of momentum we showed on Saturday going; they need to be up for it no matter who we’re up against. But we won’t get carried away. It’s a win that keeps us in the mix and keeps the pace up with the teams at the top”
Next up for Horsham is a tough test at home to Wick and Barnham United and Di Paola was optimistically cautious about the challenge we face on Tuesday evening “it’ll be another tough game for us, they’ve just changed their manager and only went and won yesterday for the first time this season so it’s likely they’ll have new players and a positive attitude, they’ll be a different proposition for us but we need to be on it and focused and it’s important not get too carried away after the result on Saturday”
Describing the fixture as a potential banana skin he added “on paper, we’re expected to go and win but it’ll be tough and we need to break them down and hopefully we can keep the momentum going with a win”
Di Paola had some team news ahead of the match and explained that he would have to check on the availability of Darren Boswell who came off after an ankle problem on Saturday, and Charlie Farmer who had been suffering with a sickness bug before the Lancing game although he confirmed forward Scott Murfin would return to action after returning from a short break.