First steps of new era take place at Rebels

Work is underway at Woodside Road to install the 3G pitch
Work is underway at Woodside Road to install the 3G pitch

NEW Worthing Football Club majority shareholder George Dowell admitted it has been exciting to watch work begin on installing the 3G pitch at Woodside Road.

Dowell took over as the club’s majority shareholder last month and will run the Worthing Football Centre out of Woodside Road.

Work began on getting the ground ready for the 3G surface on Monday and diggers moved in yesterday morning. Dowell, who has been watching things progress all week, said: “It’s very exciting and we’re seeing the first steps of the new era taking place.

“The diggers are in and things are looking good. It’s good to see that the work has now started and that something is happening.

“I’m hoping that everything will be in place by early July and we’ll try to sort out the first friendly on the 3G in the middle of July.”

It was the end of an era on Saturday when Worthing played their final game on grass at their home of 114 years.

Rebels signed off in style with a 2-0 victory over Whyteleafe, before work began on constructing the 3G surface on Monday.

Non-league clubs including Maidstone and Whyteleafe have installed 3G pitches in recent years and Rebels boss Adam Hinshelwood feels exciting times are ahead for the club.

He said: “With George coming in and his aspirations for the club and his ambition, it really is exciting times and we can’t wait to see the new pitch go in and all the work that’s going to go on around the club.

“It’s going to be a real nice place to come and visit and I’m looking forward to it.”

Hinshelwood was pleased that the third highest crowd of the season – 384 – watched the final game on grass on Saturday and said: “It was really nice to get a big crowd here for the last game of the season, edging towards 400 and that’s what we want as a regular occurence next season.

“We want to be pushing at the right end of the table, with 300-plus crowds every week.”

Rebels will hold a Q&A session with new majority shareholder George Dowell in the Rebels Tavern from 8pm on Monday. Anyone is welcome to attend.