Have we finally turned a corner? That’s the question Hornets fans will be asking ahead of Saturday’s visit to Leatherhead after their side recorded successive victories over Pagham and Brightlingsea Regent, their first back-to-back wins for over a year.

With ten goals scored in those two games and none conceded, Dom Di Paola’s squad couldn’t be in better shape for the trip to Fetcham Grove that, just like last weekend, sees them pitched against another of this season’s struggling sides.

While the Hornets have at least enjoyed plenty of cup success to contrast their barren league form, Leatherhead are in a wretched run that has seen them defeated in eleven of their last fifteen matches in all competitions, with their solitary triumph coming a fortnight ago against free-falling East Thurrock United.

Their failure to capitalise on our FA Cup distractions means that the Tanners have played four more games than ourselves yet find themselves one point below us in bottom spot. And their on-field problems have, perhaps unsurprisingly, been matched off it with the club recently announcing the resignation of joint-manager Adam Simpson. Simpson had only been in the role a month since forming a new management duo with Mustafa Bashkal, following the surprise departure of Nikki Bull, and the club will be hoping that new incumbent, Cameroonian Julien Ndomo, will provide a fresh new impetus to a squad that many had tipped to enjoy a good campaign.

With only fourteen goals scored in sixteen matches and a ‘goals against’ record that only Brightlingsea have bettered, or should that be worsened, its easy to see why the Tanners have struggled this season. However, matches between Horsham and Leatherhead have always been closely-fought affairs, with the mere twenty or so miles of the A24 that separate the two clubs giving this a feel of a local ‘derby’, and few would bet against this weekend’s fixture being any different.

Three of the last four meetings have ended all square and you have to go back to December 2011 for the last time the outcome was decided by more than a single goal, when Leatherhead romped to a 4-1 Boxing Day success at Gorings Mead. Fetcham Grove has tended to be a happy hunting ground for the Hornets, though, with six wins and two draws from their last ten competitive visits there, stretching back to 1996.

Little wonder, then, that this fixture is always well-attended by Horsham fans and we’d love to see another big turn-out again on Saturday as we look to record the victory that could lift us up four places, our highest placing since Mid-September.

In anticipation of a large crowd, our hosts are selling tickets in advance (subject to a booking fee) but admission is also available on the day, with adult tickets costing Β£12, Β£8 for concessions, and U16s just Β£5.

But for anyone unable to get to the game, you can follow all the action via twitter @HorshamFC

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