Dom Di Paola believes his side are ready to face “a good test” as the Hornets host league leaders Folkestone Invicta in tomorrow’s BetVictor Premier Division clash.
Invicta and ourselves are the last remaining unbeaten sides in the division with tomorrow’s visitors claiming four wins and a draw in their opening five fixtures.
Meanwhile, Horsham appear to have adapted to life back in the Premier Division surprisingly well, having taken eight points from four games, and currently sitting in sixth.
However, the season is too early to call, and Di Paola is wary of Folkestone, who pose our biggest test so far.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s fixture, Dom said: “If anyone offered me seven points from our first three away matches, I’d have been delighted!
“However, although we’ve made a good start to the season, we’re not getting too excited as I remember when Burgess Hill came up a few seasons ago and were flying at the top of the table, only to escape relegation on the last day.”
He continued: “The nature of our performances has been very pleasing but I don’t actually think we’re playing as well as we did last season just yet but maybe that’s down to not being able to play a settled side.
“We face another good test in Folkestone Invicta, as they are top of the league and have plenty of experience in their squad, both at this level and above, so it’ll be a good guide as to where we currently are.”
Horsham have historically found Folkestone a tough side. The last time the Hornets beat the Kent-based outfit was back in 2012 and haven’t found the net against them since 2013. Our last three encounters saw us receive 3-0, 4-0 and 5-0 drubbings.
The bar and kitchen will be open from 12pm tomorrow, allowing supporters to come and watch the early kick-off between Southampton v Manchester United before the main event – Horsham v Folkestone Invicta – kicks off at 3pm.
Those unable to watch us tomorrow can keep up to date during the match by following our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram coverage, and you can get involved by using #HorshamFC on any of your social media posts.
Supporters attending tomorrow’s big game are advised to park in the Park & Ride, opposite the ground, and admission is £11 (Concessions £6, U16s £2).