WORTHING Football Club caretaker manager Mick Fogden has bolstered his squad ahead of targeting six points from their two festive fixtures.
Striker Gavin Gordon has re-signed for the club from Ryman League South Division rivals Three Bridges and on-loan youngsters Josh Clack, Bradley Bant and goalkeeper Josh James have all returned to Rebels.
Worthing’s home match against Corinthian Casuals on Saturday was postponed owing to a waterlogged pitch at Woodside Road, although fixtures are coming thick and fast for Rebels.
They visit Burgess Hill for a Boxing Day derby on Thursday, before hosting Chipstead on Saturday.
Fogden and assistant Jon Meeney have lost all three of their matches since being handed the reins, although two of those games were against the top two sides.
Fogden said: “We want to win the next two games. We are getting stronger and the lads have been brilliant, despite the fact we have lost.
“Hastings and Peacehaven are the top two teams, so we have played the two that are in form. That’s no excuse, though, you still try to do something. We have some good youngsters and they will do very well, but you have to be patient with them, they are going to be good players, though, I have no doubt of that.
“I have talked to people about Gavin and he can do us a good favour up front. He’s a big guy and we have lacked that and can score goals, so he can be a big asset.
“It was nice to see the three young guys at training and it was a bit of a surprise, but great to see them there.”
Paul Kennett is expected to be back available from work commitments after Christmas, while Charlie Cooke will also be back soon from a knee injury. Matt Piper will be eased back into the squad rather than going out on loan, while Matt Hurley is hoping to play at some point this season.
Fogden added: “When you take those guys out, you are missing an experienced back four. We need those sort of players to talk to the youngsters and help them through.
“The young guys will learn more from them than they will from us shouting at them on the touchline. I honestly think with everyone back, we can take the club forwards.”