Chelmsford are back at home on Saturday as a tricky task sees the trip of Worthing. A busy schedule has seen the Clarets pick up 2 wins in 3 games, scoring plenty of goals. Robbie may look to change his side up, after the hard-fought win on Tuesday night against Concord. Just 8 league games remain, with them all of significant importance as the Clarets look to continue the push for the play-offs.
Worthing sit 7th in the Vanarama National League South, 2 positions and 2 points behind the Clarets. Only being promoted this season, Worthing have been a surprise package and have been in and amongst the play-offs for a while. Adam Hinshelwood is the man in the dugouts, who has been in charge since September 2017, for his second stint. He managed the club between 2013-2015, before he joined Brighton as a full-time coach. Since being back, he has taken charge of 5 seasons in the Isthmian League Premier Division, finishing 1st in 3 seasons. Both seasons wiped out by COVID-19 meant they were not promoted, but last season, where they once again topped the table, meant they were up to the National League South. As stated, they continue to impress this season, with owner George Dowell hopeful that his club could go even further.
On the playing side, Worthing have a rather experienced side with plenty of high-appearance holders in the squad. In between the sticks, 22-year-old Harrison Male is in his second season on the coast and has caught the eyes elsewhere, being called into the preliminary England C squad. Defender Joel Colbran is one player who has stuck with Worthing. He played for their academy and has been on the books of Worthing since July 2016, making countless number of appearances. The Mackerel Men’s captain has been with them since 2018 and plays at the back. Aarran Racine has been a key player for Worthing, and at 31 is a good, experienced head to have both on and off the field. Worthing’s danger man is Ollie Pearce, who has taken the lead role since Callum Kealy departed to Havant & Waterlooville. Peacre has played 37 times in the league, missing just 1 game. He has notched up 17 goals as well as 10 assists, proving that he can also turn provider if needed. He will look to cause trouble for the Clarets’ defenders on Saturday.
A superb display from the Clarets at Woodside Road saw Robbie’s men score 3 and take all 3 points. Kai Yearn kicked the scoring off as he beat the offside trap and found himself 1 on 1 with the keeper, before slotting it past him. 1 great goal was followed up by another, after Ovie Ejeheri’s long kick was flicked on and Cameron James put a beautiful volley into the top corner – a real goal-of-the-season contender. Worthing did hit one back before half time, but the game was put to bed in the second half, after Tom Blackwell turned in Jamie Yila’s cross. Worthing have visited Melbourne twice, winning 1-2 in 2018 and losing 6-0 in 2014. Both ties were in the FA Cup.
After a busy week, Frankie Terry is once again available to Robbie, as the defender re-joined on Tuesday. A few players remain short of fitness, as Cameron James, Simeon Jackson and Harry Lodovica are still on the sidelines. With 1 in on Tuesday, there was 1 out as Reece Grant was approached by Hemel Hempstead and made the decision to join them, making his debut on Tuesday. Adebola Oluwo may be back for the Clarets, with Dave Winfield suspended for both the visit of Worthing and the trip to Dartford.
Tickets are available online at a discounted advance price to buy here
Adult – £13 Senior (65+) – £9 Concession – £9 Full-Time Student – £5 Youth (12-17) – £5 Under-12s – Free
Entry can also be purchased at the turnstiles on the day at the Melbourne Community Stadium.
Ticket prices on the day:
Adult – £15 Senior (65+) – £10 Concession – £10 Full-Time Student – £5 Youth (12-17) – £5 Under-12s – Free
A programme will be available to purchase on the day for £3.
WHERE TO FOLLOW THE GAME:
To keep up with the game, follow the coverage on the @OfficialClarets twitter page, where updates will be posted using the hashtag, #TheClarets.
There will also be live audio commentary from Radio Clarets, which can be found before and during the game on our Twitter.
Post-match reports and interviews will be found on the club website, social media and Youtube channel ClaretsTV, following the game.