Match Preview: Tonbridge Angels vs Worthing
Worthing Football Club head to Tonbridge Angels on Saturday keen to complete a Bostik League Premier Division double over their Kent neighbours.
The Mackerel Men surprised the Angels at Woodside Road back in December as goals from Jimmy Wild and Kieron Pamment sealed a 2-0 win and closed the then gap at the bottom to four points, whilst for the Angels it put a dent in their play off ambitions.
Since that win, Worthing have found some good form and currently sit eleven points off the bottom looking more towards mid-table than below them. The Angels in contrast have seen Steve McKimm’s budget slashed and playing staff reduced, but they’ve maintained outside hopes of the play-offs recently with three consecutive wins and manager Adam Hinshelwood knows his side will be in for a tough game at Longmead Stadium.
‘They’re an experienced side, although they’ve lost a few players over the last few weeks. They’ll want to go on and finish their season strongly and they’ve picked up form recently, coupled with our recent good results it has the makings of a good game.’
‘We’ll play our usual way, from the back, confidence is high following the recent games, we just need to be better defensively than we were on Tuesday night, we’re good going forward and scoring goals and we’re hoping for three more points.’
‘We gave some of the lads a run out against Hastings on Thursday night, the main purpose being for Rhyle Ovenden and a few others to get some game time and it served it’s purpose. It also gave us a chance to look at a 15 year old centre back and a couple of other trialists as well, we’re always looking at players who can improve what we already have here.’
Hinshelwood is forced into at least one change on Saturday as defender Joel Colbran serves a one match suspension for his sending off against Billericay Town, Alex Parsons misses out again with a hip injury while captain Darren Budd is rated 50-50. Jesse Starkey is fit, despite coming off on Tuesday night with an injury.
The match at Longmead Stadium kicks off at 3pm. Admission prices are adults £10, seniors £6, 13-17 year olds £4 and under 13’s £2 unaccompanied – free if with an adult.