Adam Hinshelwood’s men have had a mixed pre-season but rounded it off with an impressive performance at Horsham last Saturday, before a youthful line-up brought home the Sussex Community Shield by beating Broadbridge Heath on penalties at Culver Road on Wednesday evening.
The Worthing boss will be looking for a strong start to the season in an effort to build on last season’s fourth place finish and eventual play-off semi-final defeat at the hands of Oxford City.
Managed by Jay Saunders, Angels finished a creditable 9th in National League South last season, only four points outside the play-off places and have retained the majority of their squad ahead of the new campaign. It’s their fifth season at this level having come up via the play-offs in 2018/19 and prior to last season had achieved 15th, 14th and 16th placed finishes.
Earlier today the club announced the signing of former Rebels striker Ibby Akanbi, who’s expected to make his debut against his former side tomorrow.
Last season’s meetings were both one by the home side. The Reds picked up a 3-2 win at Woodside Road in November, a match where the winning margin should have been far greater. However they were poor in the reverse fixture in early February and deservedly came away with nothing, losing 2-1.
A host of new faces are set to make their competitive debuts for the club. Joe Felix, Nicky Wheeler, Michael Klass and Greg Luer are all expected to feature in a competitive fixture for the first time, while Roco Rees and Ricky Aguiar return to familiar surroundings.
Odei Martin Sorondo, the latest new addition, suffered a knock in training earlier in the week and is a doubt going into tomorrow’s game.
Spanish compatriot Joan Luque made a return to action at Horsham for the first time in well over a year after suffering a serious knee injury and followed that up with a goal from the penalty spot in the Sussex Community Shield in midweek. It remains to be seen if he is far enough along in his rehabilitation to be included.
Another long term absentee, Jake Robinson, scored on the opening day twelve months ago before suffering a season ending injury in the draw with Dover Athletic. The veteran striker has returned to training during pre-season but did not feature in any of the warm up matches so supporters will have to wait a bit longer to see him in the matchday squad.
Kick-off at the Sussex Transport Community Stadium is 3pm, while gates open at 12pm. Supporters are advised to arrive early to avoid long queues. The Stand Bar, Kitchen and Kiosk open at 12pm, with the Fanzone open from 1pm.
Adults – £16
Concessions – £12
Ages 12-16 – £6
Ages 6-12 – £3
Under 6 – Free
1 Adults + 1 Child (6-12) – £17
1 Adults + 2 Child (6-12) – £18
2 Adults + 2 Child (under 16) – £36
Tickets are available to purchase online in advance here. Alternatively, cash and card are accepted on the gate.
There’s still time to benefit from purchasing a season ticket ahead of the first game of the new season.
The ground is situated in the heart of a residential area and parking is severely restricted on matchdays. We ask supporters to travel together and use public transport where possible. If travelling by car please respect our neighbours by parking considerately.