The Hornets have missed the big hitters yet still face a testing tie in the second round of the Sussex Senior Challenge Cup, having been paired with free-scoring Division One South East side East Grinstead Town.
Dom Di Paola will have been delighted to have avoided the likes of Eastbourne Borough, Brighton & Hove Albion and fellow Premier Division sides Bognor Regis Town and Worthing but will be wary of the threat offered by the Wasps, who had scored 17 goals in six games, prior to Saturday’s 1-0 FA Trophy reverse at Sittingbourne.
The two sides last met in February 2019 when they fought out a goalless draw at College Lane but, despite having come up against each other almost forty times, they have only been pitched together once in this competition, back in 1970, when Barry Steer (2), John West and John Ford scored Horsham’s goals in a 4-1 victory.
The full draw is as follows:
Midhurst & Easebourne vs. Crowborough Athletic
Oakwood vs. Lancing
Broadbridge Heath vs. Whitehawk
Hastings United vs. Eastbourne Borough
Pagham vs. Hailsham Town
Eastbourne Town vs. Shoreham
Horsham YMCA vs. Haywards Heath Town
Little Common vs. Lewes
Chichester City vs. Saltdean United
AFC Varndeanians vs. Langney Wanderers
Crawley Down Gatwick vs. Newhaven
Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Bexhill United
Peacehaven & Telscombe vs. Eastbourne United Association
Bognor Regis Town vs. Burgess Hill Town
Worthing vs. Three Bridges
East Grinstead Town vs. Horsham
Fixtures are to be played on or before Wednesday 4 November 2020.