Isthmian Premier Division Sat 21 August The Crucial Environmental Stadium
  • Pearce (10', 84')
  • Racine (51')
  • Chalaye (88')
Bowers & Pitsea
  • Sach (14')

Last weekend, a second half strike from Ollie Pearce was cancelled out by three quick-fire goals as the Reds fell to a 3-1 defeat away to Folkestone Invicta on the opening day of the campaign last weekend.

Hinsh revealed both he and his squad were honest about their performances during midweek training sessions in an attempt to ensure the best possible preparations for the Bowers test:

“We analysed on Tuesday, and we agreed tactically they had a game plan to stop us playing.

“Maybe I should have been better in terms of changing it and getting more of the ball, but that said, some players admitted they had an off day and we can’t afford to let either happen, so the main focus has been getting back to basics and working hard.”

Worthing’s improved squad depth is beginning to prove vital, with Hinshelwood highlighting key absentees ahead of the clash, but points to prove for their respective replacements:

“Tutty (Tutt) is suspended, Jesse (Starkey) is probably a bit too soon to call upon but hopefully next weekend he’ll be back, a couple of players are having to isolate in Alfie (Young) and Meeky (Meekums) and Pat (Webber) also being ill.

“It’s a bit of a blow but it’s why we’ve got the squad of players we have, others will get an opportunity to come in and it’s down to them to take it.”

The fixture is also Worthing’s first competitive home fixture in 17 months, owing to COVID-19 and the installation of the new 3G pitch at the Crucial Environmental Stadium.

Hinshelwood is excited for his side to entertain the Worthing faithful who end their long wait to attend a domestic game at Woodside Road once again:

“Just to have all the hard work which all of the fans have put in to fund the infrastructure and showcase the ground with a league game to how we expect it.

“We’re really looking forward to getting a bumper-crowd – there’s some players who would have signed for us who wouldn’t have experienced it for over a year, so it’s a great opportunity to showcase themselves to the fans.”