FA Cup Sat 22 September Melbourne Community Stadium
  • Whelpdale (51')
  • Crane (21', 77')

After beating Faversham Town earlier in the month in the 1st Qualifying Round, the Mackerel Men head to Essex looking for a place in the 3rd Qualifying Round, two rounds away from the Football League sides joining the competition.

City have made a strong start to the season, currently placed just outside the play offs places having lost just two of their first ten matches whilst Worthing moved into 2nd place in the Bostik League Premier Division  table after a 1-1 draw on Tuesday evening having lost just one league and cup meeting this season.

Manager Adam Hinshelwood knows his side will be in for a tough game against a side who are well established as a National League South outfit.

‘We know it’s going to be a tough encounter, we’ve watched a lot of their highlights to see how they play. They’re a good side, very dynamic and solid, they look to get the ball out wide for a lot of crosses into the box and put the opposition under pressure in their own box so we’ll have to be ready for that.’

‘Our back three or four will need to be switched on and step up well, ready for those balls played into the channels, they will try to turn us inside out on every occasion, it’s going to be a good learning curve for both the players and me.’

‘There will be plenty for us to take from the game, it’s the level we aspire to be at as managers, coaches, players and the club itself, we have players in our club who want to be at this level and above permanently, this is a chance today to show what we and they can do. There is a good chance scouts will be watching the game and the players must play to their potential.’

Hinshelwood will once again be without the services of Ross Edwards, Aarran Racine, Alfie Young and Alex Parsons and is expecting to name a squad similar to the one who drew at Potters Bar.

The game at the Melbourne Stadium kicks off at 3pm. Admission prices are £15 Adults, £10 Concessions, £5 12-17 year olds and Under 11’s go free.