Match Preview: Worthing vs Merstham
Manager Adam Hinshelwood is in confident mood going into Easter Monday’s home fixture against Merstham knowing a win will secure the club’s Bostik League Premier Division status for another season.
After what can be described as a torrid start to the season with no wins from the first seven league games and unable to play on the 3G surface at Woodside Road, Hinshelwood’s squad are just three points away from the 50 point mark and able to make sure the Bibby Financial Services Stadium will host Premier Division football in 2018/19 with four games to spare.
The previous meeting this season on New Years Day saw one of the best performances of the season as the Mackerel Men ran out 4-0 winners with Kieron Pamment notching a hat-trick and a strike from Joe Clarke. Since that result, Merstham have put together a solid run of results and sit in comfortably in mid table, although two defeats in their last three games have halted things somewhat.
Hinshelwood knows however they will have to work hard to repeat that score-line and his side will be going all out to make sure safety is achieved.
‘I know they’re going to come fully prepared and keen to not have a repeat of New Year’s Day. Everything clicked for us during the game and while it was a great result, I’m never one to rest on my laurels and we have a job to do again.’
‘There’s a huge opportunity to secure our status for next season with games to spare and we will be prepared fully for that. If you look at where we are now to the position when I first arrived here, the turnaround has been fantastic and with the club we want to be and our fan base we have, we’re heading in the right direction.’
‘In my opinion I think we should be ten points better off, there are games we should have picked up more points in and we will work on getting our tally of points up even further before the season ends. We know we can’t just turn up to games and think we can win them, it’s not that easy.’
Hinshelwood’s only concern for the game is centre half Joel Colbran after being the recipient of a late tackle during Saturday’s draw with Margate. Vice captain Sam Rents misses out once again after surgery on his broken nose, while Ross Edwards will take part in the pre-game warm up as he near’s a return before the end of the season.
The match at the Bibby Financial Services Stadium kicks off at 3pm. Admission is £10 for adults, £5 for concessions, £3 for 13-16 year olds and £1 for under 12’s.