Collins hits back at ‘minority’ of Rebels fans

JPCT 240813 S13350712x Football. Horsham v Worthing -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 240813 S13350712x Football. Horsham v Worthing -photo by Steve Cobb

WORTHING Football Club joint manager Kieran Collins has hit back at a minority of the club’s supporters for a barrage of criticism and abuse during their FA Cup exit at Faversham on Saturday.

Collins admitted he considered his position at the club on Saturday evening after their 5-1 defeat, due to the stick and chants he received from some travelling supporters.

Rebels had defender Charlie Cooke sent off after just six minutes as he handled in the penalty area and trailed 2-1 at half-time, before three goals in the second half from the home side banked them a place in the next round and the £1,925 cash pot.

Collins has revealed that the management team and players were ‘disgusted’ at some of the comments during the match.

He said: “One thing that really is starting to get to us – and it’s not all of them, I’d like to get that across – but we are sick and tired of a so-called small minority of supporters that think they know best.

“It is the minority, but shouts of ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ and ‘you’re getting sacked in the morning’ aren’t helping anyone, it’s starting to grate on us all. In my opinion if you are going to get that frustrated and start doing things like that, then don’t come and support us.”

“It’s not everyone one, there are some really good people that support us home and away but there are some idiots as well.”

Some frustrations were voiced in the stands when the injured Lloyd Dawes – who suffered an injury at training during the week – was replaced early in the first half and that Luke Gedling, who was also injured with a dead leg, was an unused substitute.

“They are entitled to their opinions but some haven’t got a clue to why things are done,” Collins continued.

“You do not expect that from your home supporters, they should be behind you. The players were incensed at the final whistle, they were fuming at some of the supporters.

“The management and players are disgusted by it. With the minority that were shouting what they were shouting. They know who they are and what they said.

“I honestly felt like stepping down over the weekend. We do this in our own time for no money and the love of football at the end of the day and for the enjoyment.

“Maybe some of the supporters would have been happy if I had gone and I expect I’ll get some stick on Thursday when the paper comes out, but I have broad shoulders and I’ll take it. I felt that something had to be said against that small minority.”

The defeat ended a run of four games unbeaten for Rebels who are back in Kent again on Saturday in league action at Sittingbourne.