The fixture comes seven days after the Reds travelled to Essex to face Chelmsford City at the EMG Inspire Stadium:
In the 11th minute, Liam Vincent crossed the ball into Ollie Pearce inside the six yard box, who bundled the ball home to put Worthing 1-0 up.
Eight minute before half time, Liam Trotter equalised for Chelmsford and looked to see the sides go into the break level, before Vincent again provided the assist for Pearce inside the area, to score and put the Reds 2-1 up at the interval.
The second half saw the Clarets take the front foot, and were rewarded with a Michael Folivi goal to bring the scores level once again in 50th minute.
The score remained the same until the final 10 minutes, before a tangle between James Beresford and Freddy Hockey resulted in the referee controversially pointing to the penalty spot.
Arjanit Krasniqi stepped up and sent Harrison Male the wrong way from 12 yards to put Chelmsford ahead for the first time in the match.
With Worthing subsequently chasing the game in the latter stages, the Clarets counter attacked in the 89th minute with Hockey scoring to make it 4-2, securing all three points for the hosts.
Meanwhile, Havant drew 1-1 against Tonbridge Angels last weekend at the Drapers Tools Community Stadium.
Worthing remain occupying the final playoff place, in seventh spot despite their loss last weekend, on 60 points from 39 matches. It’s been a tough run for Adam Hinshelwood’s men though, who are winless in their last five National League South fixtures.
Havant sit a place above Worthing on 62 points having played a game less but are also out of form havubg not picked up a win in any of their last eight league outings.
Last six matches
18/03/23 – Tonbridge Angels (H) – Drew 1-1
14/03/23 – Farnborough (A) – Drew 2-2
11/03/23 – Dulwich Hamlet (A) – Lost 1-2
08/03/23 – St Albans City (A – Lost 1-2
04/04/23 – Cheshunt (H) – Drew 1-1
28/02/23 – Dover Athletic (A) – Lost 0-1
The two sides last met in the reverse league fixture at the beginning of December last year at Drapers Tools Community Stadium and the Reds produced arguably their best performance of the season, running out 5-1 winners thanks to a hat-trick from Callum Kealy and two goals for Mo Dabre.
Leading by a goal at half time thanks to Kealy’s 27th minute strike, the Rebels took control in the second half and the striker completed his treble with goals in the 58th and 75th minutes.
Mo Faal pulled a consolation goal back for the Hawks going into the final 10 minutes, but an injury time brace from Mo Dabre put the game beyond any doubt.
Previous to that the Hawks won both meetings in the 2016/17 season of their way to promotion from the Isthmian League Premier Division. The won 3-2 at Westleigh Park despite finding themselves two goals down in the first half, while in the reverse fixture at Woodside Road they prevailed by two goals to one.
Worn both shirts
The aforementioned Kealy recently joined the Hampshire based outfit in January.
Another forward, George Barker had a brief spell at Woodside Road at the end of 2017/18 season scoring three times in just six appearances. Barker had spent the previous two seasons at Westleigh Park.
Tickets are still available to purchase in advance online. You can also buy tickets on the day – the turnstiles will be open from 6pm and accept both cash and card payments.
The Fanzone will be open from midday. Additionally the front building will also be open and available for supporters to consume their drinks inside.
How to Follow
The game is also part of the National League’s streaming test event and is available to steam via a match pass from NationalLeagueTV at nationalleaguetv.com. On sign-up, fans will be asked to nominate their favourite club. For the North/South division test events there will only be an option for National League North or National League South, select South in order to purchase the correct pass.