Match Preview: Merstham vs Worthing
Worthing Football Club manager Adam Hinshelwood is looking forward to the first game of 2018 as New Years Day sees the Mackerel Men travelling to Merstham in the Bostik League Premier Division.
After Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Lowestoft at the Bibby Financial Services Stadium, the club moved off the foot of the table for the first time since August to be replaced by West Sussex neighbours Burgess Hill Town. The Mackerel Men also recorded back-to-back clean sheets in the league for the first time this season and Hinshelwood believes there is something to be built open.
Hinshelwood said, ‘It’s important we build on those two clean sheets and carry on with resiliant and disciplined defending. I’ve spoken to the players often that clean sheets win us matches and get us our rewards. We’ve shown we can do it, now we have to do it consistently and move up that table. A win on Monday could bring more clubs closer to us in the table and looking over their shoulders, especially as we are finding some form.’
With only one defeat in the last five league games, Hinshelwood is confident of grabbing another away win whilst the hosts are on a run of just one win in their last five games
‘Despite what the form book says, coming so soon after Saturday it will be a tough but good encounter. The first goal will be crucial and if we can get ourselves in front, it could prove good for us. I’d like to think with the chances we’re creating, someone will get well beaten soon and that would be a great way to start 2018. We’re off the bottom now, we need to keep that momentum going and start to pull other teams down to us.’
‘If we play as we did on Saturday getting into those good areas, we just need to make sure we test the keeper more than we have and really make the most of those chances we create.
Hinshelwood welcomes back Jazz Rance and Reece Meekums after injury and Ross Edwards is also available to return after his long term lay off alongside the 16 on duty at the weekend.
Kick off at Moatside is 3pm, admission prices are £10 adults, £5 concessions and children 16 and under are admitted free.