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And Now The Big One!

                                   vs                                   

On Saturday, we have probably the biggest game of the season so far when we visit Worthing as 1st place plays 2nd. With both teams losing last Saturday, they will be anxious to get back to winning ways this weekend.

Having finished 9th last season, although like ourselves they had a chance of a Play-Off place right up until the last game of the season, they are putting in a real challenge this time round and are currently top with a five point advantage. Rather than just give a list of results, this is how Worthing’s Match Secretary Gareth Nicholas has seen the season so far, thanks Gareth for your contribution. Also, thanks to Worthing photographer Marcus Hoare for allowing me to use an image of Ollie Pearce.

“What were our hopes at the beginning? A play-off spot, a title tilt or simply an improvement on last term? Well, after an opening day defeat at Saturday's opponents - our good friends at Folkestone - followed by derby wins against Lewes and Bognor, with a home hammering by Hornchurch sandwiched in between, where we'd end up come 25th April was anyone's guess!

The irony of that 6-0 defeat was that the game had been evenly contested up to the first goal, before we went to pot for the last twenty-five minutes!  Defending wasn't our strong point in the embryonic stages of the campaign, as a 5-5 draw with Leatherhead and eleven goals over two F.A. Cup ties with Hastings will testify. However, we were knocking them in at the other end too, so at least everyone was entertained!

Although tame early exits from both major F.A. competitions were naturally disappointing, our league form saw us lose only one more game after 10th August, when East Thurrock took three points back to Rookery Hill on 5th October.

That proved to be the catalyst for a quite incredible run that only came to an end nineteen games later, thanks to a last minute winner - normally a speciality of our own - from Cray last week; which served as a modicum of revenge, since we had knocked them out of the Velocity Trophy in the penultimate match of 2019. 

Talking of knocking, our league cup competition, like many others, has it's detractors but Adam [Hinshelwood, our hugely-popular Manager] has used it to give valuable minutes to a number of players who may not have been involved as much as they would have liked to have been, along with one or two up-and-coming U18s but without weakening the team and still very much respecting the tournament's integrity.

At the time of writing we have a quarter-final at home to Cheshunt coming up [which they lost 3-1 - NP], while we have also made it through to the semi-finals of the Sussex Senior Cup and await the victors of the delayed meeting between Brighton U23s and Bognor. I think, with the greatest respect, everyone knows who we'd like to face in the last two (!) [But Bognor are the holders - NP].

Game On!”

The progress charts below, show how firstly Folkestone Invicta and then Worthing have got to their current position week by week. Many thanks to Football Web Pages for supplying the data, where the blue line shows the League position and the red, points gained over the weeks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         And What About Us?

Looking ahead to the game, Neil Cugley said; “Stating the obvious, this will be a difficult game as Worthing are a good side with a good Manager and there is no doubt the club is on the up, which if you’ve been to the ground over the last few years you would have seen for yourself. “In fact we’ve followed each other up and down the leagues over the recent years and both clubs have had difficult times, but have bounced back, albeit through different paths, but good luck to them”

He then added; “Although we’ve had a difficult February fixtures wise, once we have played Worthing we’ve only got Cray to play of the clubs that are currently in the top six, so no matter what happens on Saturday, we’ll hopefully have a strong run-in over the last two months.”

He finally mentioned the squad for Saturday; “Apart from Alfie [Paxman] who is still suspended, hopefully that will be the end of it after Saturday! And Callum [Davies] who is unavailable, I’m hoping to have the majority of those that were rested against Tonbridge on Tuesday.”

Form Guide

The below shows the results of Worthing’s last six home and Invicta’s last six away games with the most  recent first.

Worthing                          -             LWWWWW (currently 1st in the home form table)

Folkestone Invicta           -             WLDWLD (currently 10th in the away form table).

Goals Scored

For only the second time this season we are meeting a side that has scored more goals than us as Worthing have scored 64 compared to our 58 in the League, but how do the clubs’ leading scorers compare in all competitions? Ira Jackson has 23 goals for Invicta whilst Ollie Pearce has 15, with the breakdown as follows;

11

Isthmian League

20

0

League Cup

0

1

F.A. Cup

2

0

F.A. Trophy

1

3

County Cup

0

15

TOTAL

23

 

 

 

For Worthing, after Pearce, Ricky Aguiar and Reece Myles-Meekams have ten apiece in all competitions, whilst LLoyd Dawes is next with 9. For Invicta, those behind Jackson are Johan Ter Horst with 12 goals, Jerson Dos Santos with 10 and Josh Vincent, who has 7. There are of course other scorers but these are the respective clubs’ leading ones this season.

Goals Conceded

It’s also quite tight in the goals conceded department as Invicta have let in four less, with 32 compared to 36 conceded by Worthing, in the League only.

We’ve Already Met This Season

We played Worthing at home on the first day of the season and registered an excellent 2-0 win at the BuildKent Stadium in what were gusty conditions more akin to October. The details of that game are below;

Folkestone Invicta; Tim Roberts, Josh Vincent, Alfie Paxman, Matt Newman, Callum Davies (Captain), Sam Hasler (Ronnie Dolan, 68 mins), Scott Heard, Micheal Everitt, Johan Ter Horst (Nat Blanks, 88 mins), Jerson Dos Santos & Kieron McCann (Ira Jackson, 78 mins) (Unused Subs; Finn O’Mara & Henry Newcombe).

Goalscorers - Jerson Dos Santos (63 mins) & Ira Jackson (86 mins).

Worthing; Roco Rees, Joel Colbran, Jalen Jones, Danny Barker (Captain), Marvin Armstrong (Ben Mendoza-Sherman, 75 mins), Joe Tennent, Lloyd Dawes, Mason Doughty (Oliver Pearce, 70 mins), Shola Ayoola, Reece Myles-Meekums & Jesse Starkey (Unused Subs; Ross Edwards, Alex Parsons & Darren Budd).

The Invicta squad will be similar to the first game, except for the two mentioned above, whilst Worthing will have Carl Rushworth in goal rather than Roco Rees, as he has recovered from his injury that kept him out at the start of the season. The  England Youth international is obviously in top form as last weekend the national newspapers were reporting that Barcelona had made a £4m offer to Brighton & Hove Albion, from where he is on loan. They’ve even been to Worthing to see him play!  They’ve also brought in Kieron Pamment from Horsham, although Ben Mendoza-Sherman and Ross Edwards have both gone to Bognor Regis Town.

Previous Results

As you’ll see, the record over the years is pretty even between the two clubs.

Season

Home

Away

Division/Competition

1994/95

1-2

 

FA Cup

2000/01

4-0

 

FA Trophy

2004/05

1-2

0-3

Premier Division

2005/06

1-2

0-1

Premier Division

2006/07

1-0

2-1

Premier Division

2008/09

0-2

2-1

Division 1 South

2009/10

0-0

2-1

Division 1 South

2010/11

4-2

 

FA Trophy

2011/12

3-1

1-0

Division 1 South

2012/13

2-1

1-1

Division 1 South

2013/14

3-1

1-2

Division 1 South

2014/15

2-1

1-1

Division 1 South

2015/16

1-0

2-1

Division 1 South

2016/17

2-4

3-3

Premier Division

2017/18

1-2

2-3

Premier Division

2018/19

2-3

0-1

Premier Division

2019/20

2-0

 

Premier Division

Worthing Details

Their ground address is the Crucial Environmental Stadium, Woodside Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN14 7HQ.

?  The road mileage is 105.00 miles (travel time, 1 hour, 54 minutes). Use the M20, M26 and M25 and take Junction 7 off the M25 onto the M23, signposted M23 (S) Brighton/Crawley/Gatwick. Continue from the M23 onto the A23 and continue until the A27 slip road to Worthing. Merge onto the A27 and at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Upper Brighton Road (A27) and continue to follow the A27. At Grove Lodge Roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Broadwater Street West (A24), then turn right onto South Farm Road (A2032) and at the roundabout, continue straight to stay on South Farm Road (A2032). Go through three roundabouts before at the final one take the 3rd  exit onto Bulkington Ave, then turn left onto Woodside Road and the ground will be on the right. There is limited parking at the ground, but street parking is available, but please be considerate to their neighbours when parking and ensure that you do not block any access points.

Admission

Adult - £10.00, Concessions - £8.00, 12-16 year olds - £3.00, 6-12 year olds - £1.00 and Under 6 - Free.

Colours

Please note, for those of you that like to wear the right colours at the games, we shall be wearing our black and amber kit as Worthing wear all red. 

To all those travelling, whether on the supporters’ mini-bus or independently by car or train, have a safe journey, the forecast is not very good for Saturday, so perhaps allow a little more time to get there.

Saturday 15th February Fixtures

There is a full set of BetVictor Isthmian League Premier Division fixtures on Saturday.

Bognor Regis Town

vs

Bishop's Stortford

Brightlingsea Regent

vs

Margate

Carshalton Athletic

vs

Potters Bar Town

Cheshunt

vs

East Thurrock United

Corinthian-Casuals

vs

Haringey Borough

Cray Wanderers

vs

Kingstonian

Enfield Town

vs

Lewes

Hornchurch

vs

Merstham

Leatherhead

vs

Horsham

Wingate & Finchley

vs

Bowers & Pitsea

Worthing

vs

Folkestone Invicta