Dom Di Paola’s side will be hoping to avoid an unwanted statistic when they travel to Tolworth’s King George’s Field tomorrow night, where they will take on Corinthian-Casuals’ tenants Kingstonian.
Not since the final weeks of the last Millenium have the Hornets lost six away games in a row but that’s the sobering prospect that could be repeated following Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Cray Wanderers, a result that see us slip down to 5th place. In fact we could find ourselves outside the play-off places completely before kick-off, with Carshalton able to leapfrog us with victory over Bowers & Pitsea this evening.
The Ks have been groundsharing with their famous county rivals since the start of last season, having been ‘evicted’ in 2017 from the Kingsmeadow ground they shared with AFC Wimbledon after Chelsea FC’s purchase of the ground the year before. But it seems that they have taken to their new surroundings rather well, having lost just three of twenty matches there in all competitions this season with their current mid-table position down, in part, to their excellent run in the national cup competitions that has left them playing catch-up on the teams above them.
Wins over Walton Casuals, March Town United, Weston Super-Mare and our 2nd qualifying round victors Dartford, sent the Ks into the first round of the FA Cup where they stunned the footballing world with a 4-0 win at an admittedly understrength Macclesfield United. A near 1,500 crowd was at the Playing Fields to see them bow out 2-0 to National Leaguers AFC Fylde, in their televised 2nd round tie, and they made it through to the same stage of the FA Trophy having earlier despatched Woking for another notable scalp.
We have yet to face Kingstonian this season, with tomorrow’s match having twice been postponed due to their cup heroics, and it has been more than five years since our last competitive meeting resulted in a 4-0 win for the Ks at Goring’s Mead. Their recent form is impressive, if not necessarily reaping the full rewards their efforts should warrant, with victory over Carshalton Athletic and draws with the Robins’ fellow play-off hopefuls East Thurrock United (twice) and Bognor Regis Town.
Horsham do have ‘previous’ this season, having beaten the Ks’ landlords 2-1 back in October, and a similar result tomorrow night would be very welcome and set us up nicely for Saturday’s visit of Haringey Borough.
Kick-off at the King George’s Field is 7.45pm and admission is £10 (adults), £6 (seniors & carers), £4 (students) and U18s admitted free of charge.
For anyone unable to make the game, regular updates will be provided via our Twitter account @HorshamFC