Worthing Football Club joint boss Kieran Collins is expecting an improvement from his side as well as a “blood and thunder” encounter when they travel to Three Bridges for a Sussex derby tonight (Tuesday, February 26).
Rebels go into the game on the back of their worst second-half-performance on the season at Tooting & Mitcham on Saturday, when the hosts turned around a half-time deficit to win 5-2.
Worthing have been told they must bounce back against the Ryman League Division 1 South basement side this evening.
They will be without the suspended Spencer Slaughter and Charlie Cooke is unavailable and, although there will be other changes, Collins has insisted there will not be a knee-jerk reaction.
Three Bridges picked up an excellent 4-1 win over Horsham on Saturday, having started the day 10 points adrift at the foot of the table.
Collins said: “We’ll change things around a little, Lee (Brace) and I have spoken at length, but there won’t be a knee-jerk reaction. We said to all the players they have to put a shift in, and maybe if they see a couple of players are left out tonight, they could think it will be them next week.
“They all know the levels we expect and it’s going to be tough tonight. It will be real blood and thunder as they got their win on Saturday and will have looked at us and the goals we have conceded as well - which is something we know we have to improve.
“One positive I could take from Saturday is that normally after a bad day at the office, so to speak, we get a reaction and improve in the next game.”