Last season’s Isthmian South East Champions take on the runners up and eventual play-off winners on Saturday afternoon, as Horsham face another difficult test on the road, this time as we head to Bromley’s Hayes Lane ground to take on Cray Wanderers.
The nomadic club are still waiting to move into a ground of their own with Flamingo Park on the horizon as the club look to return to their Cray Valley roots, but their present ground continues to prove something of a bogy ground for Dom Di Paola’s side, with Horsham losing their in our last three visits, including a forgettable 8-0 mauling in October 2017 in the FA Trophy while they fell to a 2-0 loss last season.
Despite the home side romping to last season’s title a full eight points clear of ourselves, Horsham did enjoy a 4-2 victory against Wanderers at Culver Road, in what was their first league defeat of a successful campaign for both sides.
This season, both teams appear to have continued with their fine form as they find themselves within the play-offs heading into February. Just a single point separates Cray on 48 to Horsham’s 47 points although Horsham do have a game in hand.
If Horsham are to continue their assault on the play-off places, Di Paola will be desperate to address his side’s away form. The Hornets have lost their last four away matches, and while they have had some tough games against the league’s top five sides, a surprise defeat away at struggling Merstham threatened to dent the final push for a top five place, however the manager will have been pleased with how Horsham responded to salvage a point against Bishop’s Stortford last weekend when a late goal from Chris Smith and an injury time penalty from Rob O’Toole secured a 3-3 draw.
We get underway at Hayes Lane at 3pm, and as usual, supporters unable to make the game can keep up-to-date with what’s going on via our live updates on Twitter and Facebook.