Preview: Worthing vs Bowers & Pitsea

Worthing will be looking to bounce back from opening day disappointment when they host Bowers & Pitsea on Saturday.

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Isthmian Premier Division Saturday 21st August, 2021

The match will see the return of fans to the Crucial Environmental Stadium for a competitive fixture for the first time in seventeen months.

An entertaining 4-2 win over Wingate & Finchley in March 2020 was proceeded by a pandemic, alongside urgent work to the playing surface at Woodside Road causing the club’s only ‘home’ fixture of the last curtailed season to be played at Horsham’s Camping World Community Stadium, ironically against tomorrow’s opponents.

Billy Knott put Bowers 1-0 up in the first half from the spot that day, before a brace from substitute Mo Diallo turned the game on its head to give Worthing all three points.

Boss Adam Hinshelwood believes a similar challenge is almost inevitable: “It was a good test that day, we altered things, managed to grab a foothold in the game and Mo (Diallo) popped up with two goals.

“Any game at this level is always going to be tough so we know we’re going to have to be at our best to get anything from it.”

Both sides will be looking to bounce back from opening day defeats. The reds got what they deserved from a disappointing display at Folkestone, meanwhile, visitors Bowers & Pitsea also suffered defeat, losing 3-2 at home to Leatherhead.

Hinshelwood has confirmed Jesse Starkey continues to be sidelined with a hamstring injury while Cameron Tutt misses out through suspension.

Alfie Young and Reece Meekums will also be absent from the matchday squad due to being in isolation.

The match at the Crucial Environmental Stadium kick-offs at 3pm, supporters are advised to arrive early with a large crowd expected.

Please note parking at Worthing High School is no longer available, however the limited spaces at the Queen Street car park remain in use.

The club is keen to source additional parking facilities for future matches, in the mean time please respect our neighbours when parking in the surrounding areas, please see Directions to Worthing FC for more advice on visiting the ground.

Tickets are available online in advance or on the day with the turnstile accepting cash and card payments.

Admission is £12 for adults, £8 for concessions, £3 for 13-16 year-old, £1 for 6-12 year-old while those under 6 are free.

All food and drink facilities will be open, including, for the first time, the brand new food/drink kiosk in the north east corner of the ground.

Sky Sports also returns to The Woodside Bar and will be screening Brighton & Hove Albion’s Premier League clash with Watford following the action on the pitch, kick-off 5:30pm.