The match is to be Worthing’s fourth since the return of non-elite football returning amid the end of COVID-19 restrictions at the start of December, with their most recent runout coming last Saturday against another West Sussex side in Chichester City:

Despite falling 2-0 down due to a penalty converted by former Worthing man Josh Clack and a strike from Gicu Iordache, goals from substitutes Alex Parsons and Mo Diallo levelled the scoring in an entertaining clash at Oaklands Park.

Meanwhile, the halting of the domestic league halted a so-far dismal campaign for hosts Haywards Heath, who sit 17th in the Isthmian South East division having only registered one win from their first eight games.

However, since the re-introduction of non-elite sports on the 2nd of December, the Blues have been victorious on both occasions they have played:

Last Saturday, a 6-1 thumping of Southern Combination Second Division side TD Shipley was followed by a 4-1 win over Horsham YMCA which saw them progress to the third round of the Sussex Senior Cup on Tuesday night.

The two sides have already met in a friendly in this prolonged 2020-21 campaign, with Worthing running out 3-1 winners thanks to goals from Diallo, Tom Chalaye and Tom Gilbert in a behind-closed-doors match at Culver Road back in August.

Haywards Heath Town FC have also issued the following statement regarding the matchday proceedings according to Coronavirus restrictions:

“We welcome Worthing to Hanbury Stadium in a friendly this Saturday.”

  • 15:00 PM
  • Adults £10/Concessions £5/U18s £1
  • Food and drink available
  • Please arrive in good time to avoid the ques and secure your tickets
  • Limited stadium capacity.