King warns of Hornets’ free spirit

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STEVE KING said the naïveté of youth is the greatest danger facing Lewes when they travel to Goring Mead to take on Horsham today.

The Rooks boss said the “free spirit” shown in the Hornets’ play so far this season has been more than making up for a lack of experience in the side.

Horsham have had a difficult time of it recently, with most of their established players leaving following a mass exodus.

But King warned Lewes fans travelling across the border to West Sussex today to be wary of a team that bookies had placed as rank outsiders in the Ryman Premier at the start of the campaign.

“I went to watch them against Kingstonian where they beat them 4-3,” said King.

“It was a really good game as a neutral to watch.

“They’re a young side; they don’t have much experience but they’re playing with a free spirit.”

Horsham have certainly been amongst the goals so far this season – at both ends of the pitch – with a 3-1 home defeat to Bury Town and a 2-0 away win at AFC Hornchurch to add to that seven-goal thriller at the Kingsmeadow Stadium.

“They must have done well to win that game at Hornchurch,” said King.

“They have got good players, we have to respect that. But we have good players too.

“It should make for an open game, and I’ve no problem with that.”

Doubts over player availability today include Dwane Lee, who missed Saturday’s win over Billericay with a still back, and Wade Small, who sat out the game with a groin strain. Meanwhile, Hakeem Adelakuncame came off the pitch nursing a groin strain.