With the weather forecast looking far more favourable than it did seven days ago, the Hornets should begin what they hope is an extended run in the Parafix Sussex Senior Cup when they journey down to Newhaven tomorrow evening.
The postponement of last week’s scheduled second round tie, that fell victim to the soggy conditions that blighted Bonfire Night, left Hornets’ boss Dom Di Paola expressing his frustrations. “It was a pain, to be honest, but you can’t do anything about the weather. I know some people were talking about the problems with the traffic as well, clashing with the Lewes Bonfire Parade, but that’s all part and parcel of travelling to away games and once you get through that then you just get on with the game. I’d rather have played it and got it out of the way because it now means we only get one training session in this week, rather than two, and it was the same last week because of the postponement. You also don’t want fixtures building up too much at this time of the year.”
We don’t wish to repeat last week’s preview (which is here if you want to read it again!) so we will just bring you up to date with what has happened since last Tuesday. As every Horsham fan should know, the Hornets returned to the top of the Isthmian League Premier Division with a highly convincing, and comfortable, 4-0 defeat of Bowers & Pitsea on Saturday but it was a different story for The Dockers, who crashed to a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Crawley Down Gatwick. Victory for Andy Cook’s side could have lifted them as high as third place in the Southern Combination Football League Premier Division but, instead, they now occupy 7th spot with five wins and five draws from their twelve matches.
The match kicks off at the Trafalgar Ground at 7.45pm and supporters are advised that parking restrictions are in place around the ground. If travelling by car there is either the industrial area behind the football club or in front of the recreation ground which is adjacent to the football club. Please do not park in Court Farm Road which runs along side the club as this a residential area with double yellow lines and is currently been controlled by parking enforcement officers. If you leave your car there you run the risk of either been clamped or towed away. This is in place due to complaints from local residents who have been inconvenienced and users of mobility scooters who have had trouble using the road.
Adult admission is £6 and £4 for concessions. Anyone unable to make the trip can follow match updates via our Twitter feed.
While our seniors are in cup action, league points are the order of the day for our U23s who undertake the rather lengthier journey to Kent, to take on their Isthmian Bluefin Sports Insurance League counterparts Ashford United at the Homelands Stadium.
Four places and four points separate Ashford from second placed Horsham but Mark Hawthorne’s squad will be taking on a team unbeaten at home, having played three times and scored 10 goals including a 1-1 draw with last seasons champions, Tooting & Mitcham United.
Kick off is at 7:45pm and you can keep up to date with all the action from Ashford by following our live Twitter feed throughout the game.