Rebels have injury worries ahead of FA Trophy tie

WORTHING Football Club have several injury worries ahead of their FA Trophy second-qualifying round tie at home to Didcot Town on Saturday (3pm).

Rebels lost defenders Billy Franks (concussion) and Steve Metcalf (ankle) to injuries in the first-half of their Sussex Senior Cup defeat to East Grinstead on Tuesday. Metcalf is unlikely to recover in time for Saturday and Rebels will have to wait and see on Franks.

Fellow defender Glen Woodburn (thigh) is also doubtful but full-back Matt Piper (hamstring) and striker Ryan McBride (back) should be fit.

The injuries mean midfielder Mike Huckett, who made his first Worthing appearance of the season on Tuesday, after an ankle injury, could figure in the squad, and left-back Jamie Groves could also come into the squad for just the second time this season.

Didcot are fifth from bottom in Southern League Division 1 South & West – the same level as Rebels’ Ryman League Division 1 South.

Worthing boss Chris White said: “We’re looking forward to it. It’s a big game for the football club.

“We’ve got a home draw against a side the same level as us but we’re right up against it with the injuries.”

White hit out at the Sussex FA after Tuesday’s game for scheduling the Senior Cup game in the same week as their FA Trophy tie and said: “It’s a shame the Sussex FA put the Senior Cup tie on this week.

“I find it very frustrating. We’re one of three teams in the county left in a national competition but we’ve now picked up two or three injuries, which makes life very difficult for us.

“The Senior Cup game hasn’t done us any favours. The final is not until May, so this game could have been played any time in the next few weeks.”