Dom Di Paola wants his side to bounce back after last week’s shock 1-0 defeat at struggling Merstham when we host Bishop’s Stortford in the Isthmian Premier Division this Saturday.

The Hornets were forced to lick their wounds last weekend as our away form continued to haunt us. That surprise defeat to the Moatsiders was our fourth consecutive loss away from home.

Despite maintaining a healthy position in the play-off places, goals have been hard to come by and Di Paola insists it’s our attacking threat which needs to improve if we are to stay where we are.

He said: “Despite suffering a few defeats of late, we have the second best defensive record in the league and that’s something we’re very proud of.

“But it’s goals that win you matches and every one of the players will hold their hands up and say they could have scored more.

“It really is no coincidence that we have started to suffer a bit since the winter weather has taken its toll on some of the pitches.”

Di Paola welcomes a Bishop’s Stortford side led by prolific marksman Jamie Cureton, who has already notched 14 goals in all competitions this season.

The Blues inflicted us with our first away defeat of the season in a 2-0 win back in October and Di Paola is expecting another tough test from the Hertfordshire outfit who currently sit in 16th place with eight wins, three draws and 13 defeats from their 24 games.

Di Paola continued: “It should be a pretty even affair. Jamie has scored goals for fun during his career, from the Premier League down to non-league, and remains a threat despite being in his forties.

“He’s also just brought in Alex Read from Tonbridge Angels, another great striker, so we know we won’t be in for an
easy match.

“They played us really well at their place in October but, after last weekend, I will be looking for a performance from the boys.

“We need to be at it from the first minute and I don’t want them coming off the pitch feeling that they’ve let themselves down. If we play as we all know we can, the bi-product of that is usually a victory but it has to be earned and Bishop’s Stortford won’t have come all the way down just to make up the numbers.”

Saturday’s match is sponsored by our good friends at Visit Horsham. Created in 2006 by merging former business members of the Horsham Traders’ Guild and The Horsham Forum, they promote Horsham and its business members via their website and their extensive social media presence.

The Horsham Facebook page which they run is the first and largest social media site dedicated to the town, with over 31,000 followers. Thank you for your continued support!

Also at Saturday’s match will be Impact Specialist Finance who are running a special promotion whereby, for every Horsham FC member, and any member’s friends and family, that signs up to Impact’s mortgage/finance service, the club will receive a £50 donation.

There will be posters, flyers and a stand at the next two home games, so please try and find them and sign up to this special referral scheme. Visit Horsham and Impact are two of our most vocal supporters and we are delighted to have their presence at Saturday’s match!

Our match against Bishop’s Stortford will also be the first in which we are backing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard Scheme. The scheme is designed to help those with ‘hidden’ disabilities such as autism, a learning disability, or a visual or hearing impairment, cope with the typically busy environment of a matchday.

Those who would like to purchase a sunflower identifier such as a lanyard, wristband or pin badge can find them here.

If you can’t make tomorrow’s match, don’t fret, you can keep to date with our live coverage over on our Twitter page @HorshamFC. However, we hope to see you all there as we look to return to winning ways.

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