Having secured three more Isthmian league points at the weekend, thanks to their victory at Haringey Borough, the Hornets’ attention turns to the Parafix Sussex Senior Cup on Tuesday night and an interesting-looking second round tussle with Newhaven.
It is 13 years since seven-times winners Horsham last appeared in the final of the county’s primary cup competition, and a further 30 since they last lifted the trophy, so they will be keen to improve upon that record this term but face a testing opponent who, on Saturday, moved into the last 64 of the FA Vase with an emphatic 6-1 victory over Kennington of the Southern Counties League.
It is sure to come as no shock to anyone to learn that three of the Dockers’ goals in that second round tie were scored by the prolific Lee Robinson, a player who has been the fulcrum of the coastal side’s attack for many years and who, last season, scored a record-breaking 63 goals in all competitions. It was a fitting return to action for the 30 year old striker, who had missed Newhaven’s previous five matches through injury including their remarkable victory over Oakwood in the previous round of the Senior Cup in which the Dockers scored FIVE times in extra-time to win 8-3.
Newhaven have reached the Senior Cup final just the once, when they were beaten 2-1 by Eastbourne in 1953, but were denied a second successive appearance when edged out by Horsham in the semi-final the following season, one of nine times the two teams have met in this competition since 1930, Horsham having been successful on each occasion. The most recent meeting provided plenty of entertainment for the spectators who saw the Hornets emerge victorious by six goals to three, back in 2017.
The match kicks-off at The Trafalgar Ground at 7.45pm, with adult admission £6 and £4 for concessions.
With expected delays on the A27, due to the annual Lewes Fireworks Parade, supporters making the trip should allow extra-time to make their journey.
For those unable to make the trip, you can follow match updates via our Twitter feed.
However, as we know you LOVE your Horsham FC football fix, we can offer you an alternative fixture on your doorstep as Horsham U23s take on their counterparts from Phoenix Sports in a Development League match at The Camping World Community Stadium, kick-off 7.45pm.
Having lost at Hastings United last time, in an incident-packed match, Mark Hawthorne’s Hornets will be keen to rediscover the sort of form that saw them record four straight victories at the start of the season but Phoenix are in good form themselves, having won three in a row including, last time out, a 2-1 success over current champions Tooting & Mitcham United.
Admission to this one is £4, or £2 for concessions.