Manager Dom Di Paola believes tomorrow’s BetVictor Premier Division trip to Enfield Town will be a “really good indicator” for how the Hornets will perform in the rest of the 2019/20 campaign.
Two games into the season and the Hornets have yet to record a win, coming out from two tough matches, against Leatherhead and Bognor Regis Town, with respectable 1-1 draws in both.
And Di Paola is positive with how things have gone so far. He said: “I’m relatively happy. For a game and a half, I think we’ve been really good.
“We could have had an easier start, but I don’t think we’ve been outclassed, and at least that gives us the knowledge that we can compete. I think we’ve got a lot more to improve but it’s a start.”
He continued: “We’ve got to accept that some weeks we’re not going to get the results. It’s a different mindset to last season as we understand that we’re not going to be the favourites for any games so it’s about picking up points when we can and putting in a good shift.”
Only being formed in 2001, the Hornets have never faced Enfield Town before. The Towners, who are known as the country’s first ever supporter-owned club, were set up after fans of the original Enfield grew disenfranchised with their club’s ownership.
Horsham have only played the original side on three previous occasions, with our most recent meeting, coming in 1977 when the London side cruised to a 4-0 win at Queen Street in the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round.
As a result, it’s a case of going into the unknown for the Yellows.
On our opponents, Di Paola said: “They’re going to be a side that could challenge for the promotion places so it will give us a really good indicator for where we are in the first week. We just have to build on those first couple of games.
“Saturday is going to be a tough one because they should be lightyears better than us, so we’ll see how we do. It’s going to be one of them games we’re going to have to put in a really good shift and see where that takes us. I’m looking forward to it actually as they have started the season in good form.”
An almost fully fit squad will be travelling to north London with Lee Harding the only confirmed absentee after aggravating an ankle problem against Bognor Regis Town on Tuesday.
Supporters can get to the game via a club-run coach, departing from The Camping World Community Stadium at 11.30am. Save a seat, for the usual fare of just £13, by calling 01403 458854 or email email@example.com.
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