The Mackerels go into to the fixture having suffered a defeat in the FA Cup first qualifying round away to East Grinstead on penalties on Tuesday night having lead 2-0 at half time and 3-1 with 15 minutes remaining, with manager Adam Hinshelwood later claiming responsibility for the defeat.
The Reds return to league action having enjoyed a winning start to the campaign last weekend, with goals from Ricky Aguiar and Ollie Pearce helping them to a 2-1 win away to Folkestone.
Worthing were without the services of midfielder Jesse Starkey for the opening day clash due to a suspension carrying over from last season’s voided campaign.
Starkey played his first competitive match for over six months against East Grinstead which included a spectacular free kick to put the Reds 1-0 up, with boss Hinsh acknowledging the significance of his return to availability:
“It seems a lifetime that we’ve been without Jesse and he’s a massive player to have back for us.”
Meanwhile, hosts Kingstonian shared the Red’s midweek misery having also been knocked out of the FA Cup, losing 2-1 to Horsham by a brace from former striker Eddie D’Sane which added to their blues of getting thumped 5-1 to Cray Wanderers on the opening day of the season last Saturday.
Last season’s meetings between the two sides served up a 2-1 victory for Worthing almost a calendar year ago, which included a goal from Callum Kealy and a 25-yard wonder-strike from Ricky Aguiar, before the spoils were shared when the sides met again in goalless draw in February.
Tickets for tomorrow afternoon’s match is to be played in front of a ticket-only crowd, and Kingstonian Football Club have issued the following safety procedures in spite of COVID-19:
“Updates to the safety information for tomorrow’s game against Worthing.
“In order to constantly improve safety, Ks have decided to publish it’s near miss reporting system for this season, see attached. These issues were highlighted to us at the last match on 12th September versus Horley Town, and you can see what we’re doing to improve safety as a result. This in turn has led to an update of our Risk Assessment (version 3), which was undertaken by the Covid-19 Officer and a lifelong supporter & volunteer. (Near Miss Reporting System – Risk Assessment v3)”
*** PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ***
“The main change you will notice on Saturday versus Worthing, is that the narrow passageway past the Portakabin/Boardroom will be closed to supporters. This is to prevent the bottlenecks which regularly occur in this area. Access to the Standing areas in the Ground will only be possible as you enter the Ground through the turnstiles, and turn left. One Way Entry and One Way Exit for the Standing areas. We will put up temporary signage to guide people. Access to the Seating area in the Main Stand will be unaffected.
“If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please contact our Covid-19 Officer, John McCormack, on 07308 302923 or firstname.lastname@example.org”