Dom Di Paola admitted he is ‘incredibly proud’ of how his side have competed in their first Isthmian Premier Division season in eight years ahead of Saturday’s fixture at home to Haringey Borough.

It will be the third meeting between the two sides already this season after Borough knocked us out of the FA Trophy with a comfortable 3-0 win in October before we snatched a late 2-1 league victory at Coles Park seven days later.

Both sides are suffering from similarly mixed form recently with Horsham winless in four games while Saturday’s visitors are winless in three.

Our dropped points have seen us slip out of the play-off places for the first time since mid-September but Di Paola continues to be impressed by his squad’s performances.

“I would disagree that we have suffered a dip in form as our performances have been excellent.

“I’ve seen a lot made of the fact that we’d lost our last five away from home but we’ve played the top four sides in that time, as well as a very strong Kingstonian side that, if they win their games in hand, could still make a push for the play-offs, and we’ve gone toe-to-toe with all of them.

“I’m incredibly proud of the boys for the way they’ve competed with some big, big clubs. I’ve said it before but we really are overachieving this season, and I think anyone that has been watching us for the last four or five years will agree.

“But there’s no reason why, if we continue to play the way we are, we can’t force our way back into the top five and then who knows?

“There’s an awful lot of points up for grabs before the end of the season and we’ll keep battling away and see what happens.”

Speaking on the sides’ previous meetings this season, the boss said: “The Trophy match was really disappointing because we’d had a horrendous journey and I don’t think we were properly prepared but the league match was one of our best away wins of the season in my opinion.

“Coles Park is one of the toughest places to go and get a result but we thoroughly deserved it, even if it did take us until the last kick of the game to achieve it.”

Before tomorrow’s game, we’ll be showing the early Premier League kick-off between Everton and Crystal Palace (12.30pm k/o), while we also encourage supporters to stick around after the match to watch Brighton & Hove Albion take on Watford.

Everyone is welcome, as always, but if you’re unable to make tomorrow, you can keep posted with our up-to-date live coverage over on our Twitter account, @HorshamFC.

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