Horsham FC are looking forward to a well-deserved break after a ‘relentless’ campaign

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Saturday’s Isthmian Premier meeting with Haringey Borough was the Hornets’ 56th game of the campaign.

Brilliant and historic runs in the FA Cup, Sussex Senior Cup and Velocity Trophy provided many highs for the Lardy army, but Di Paola admitted those cup feats could have hampered Horsham’s league aspirations.

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He said: “We are looking forward to the break. We’ve had a lot of games this year. It’s been a very, very relentless season with every Saturday, Tuesday [games]. It’s as if we couldn’t breathe.

Tom Kavanagh scored a superb goal in Horsham’s 3-0 home win against Haringey Borough. Photo by Derek Martin Photography and Art

“We still have four games to play. After this coming weekend, we will really be at the finish line.

“It’s been a season of ups and downs. There were a lot of massive highs, but maybe the form of the league suffered.

“I feel like we should have been safe five, six games earlier than we were, which is frustrating, but the boys couldn’t have done much more.

“The boys have sunk into the ground for the past 36 weeks. We had a long pre-season after Covid so they played a huge amount of football. I think they will all be happy with the break.

The Hornets confirmed their Isthmic premiership status with a convincing 3-0 home win over Haringey on Saturday.

Horsham led at half-time thanks to Jack Brivio’s fifth-minute goal. Shamir Fenelon’s near-post finish, created by a stunning run from Harvey Sparks, and Tom Kavanagh’s superb curling strike wrapped up a comfortable victory for the hosts in the second half.

He moved the Hornets 13th, 15 points clear of the relegation play-off with three league games to play.

Di Paola added: “We played very well. I thought we were really good.

“The three goals were worked really well. We should have had a few more, maybe two or three more, in the second half.

“Harvey does that in him, to do those driving errands, and that was a good finish from Sham.

“Eddie [Dsane] should have scored but was offside, Sham had a one-on-one [that he missed]but it was good to see that the boys fight until the end.

“You would say we don’t have a lot to play for, but the boys had a really good attitude. I think it’s always important to see in a team.

Horsham will face Margate in the Velocity Trophy final tomorrow night. You can read a preview of the final, including Dominic Di Paola’s thoughts, on sussexworld.co.uk/sporttomorrow morning.

The Hornets visit Corinthian-Casuals on Saturday before entertaining champions Worthing on Monday.

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