Rebels’ rollercoaster ride will last all season

Worthing's Paul Kennet is available for a month due to work commitments
Worthing's Paul Kennet is available for a month due to work commitments

WORTHING Football Club joint manager Kieran Collins is under no illusions this season will continue to be a ‘rollercoaster’ ride but is asking the fans to stick by them.

Rebels lost 3-0 at Ramsgate on Saturday on the back of a 4-2 win over Faversham last Wednesday.

Rebels have won four of their last six Ryman League South Division matches to sit comfortably mid-table in 11th, just four points off the play-offs, but silverware disappointments in the FA Cup and FA Trophy have hampered their cause.

Collins and joint manager Lee Brace, in their first full season at the club, brought virtually a whole new side to Woodside Road over the summer, which has seen a youthful team take shape with sprinkles of experience.

Collins is fully expecting more highs and lows throughout the campaign seeing that coming hand-in-hand with a young side, but he wants fans to strap themselves in and ride along.

He said: “Expectations at this football club are massive and sometimes we may need to take a bit of a reality check.

“The project we are putting together here, with a young team, won’t happen overnight and will take some time going forwards as a group.

“It will be a bit of a rollercoaster this season, but we’re asking people to stick with us as, as I have said, it won’t happen overnight we know that, but we’ll get there.

“Me and Bracey (Lee Brace) have got a good group, we are behind them and they are with us. We are happy with the group, yes, we would love to have some more experienced players but we simply can’t afford it with the budget.

“We’ll go with what we have got, but we have to know we’ll be inconsistent at times, that is what comes with that.

“The camaraderie is fantastic and they are all very supportive of each other, they really are a great group.

“Win, lose or draw, as long as they give it their all, we can’t or won’t criticise them and we’ll take the highs with the lows.”

The management duo have come in for some criticism from Rebels fans this season but Collins added: “We know we are the right people for the job, but it is not a quick fix.

“We go into every week trying our best and never think, oh we can’t be bothered this week.

“Me and Bracey would be the first ones to say if we did not think it was working out, but we believe in what we are doing and, more importantly, the players do, too.

“We are not going to walk away or give up, there is still a long season ahead of us and lots still left to play for.”

Collins is now targeting maximum points from their home matches against Sittingbourne on Saturday and Folkestone on Wednesday.

Rebels are without Paul Kennett for a month owing to work commitments, while Kieron Pamment and Malachi Robinson face late fitness tests, but Worthing are hoping to tie up a loan deal for a player from Lewes.