Events planned to help boost Rebels

Rebels' Omar Bugiel in action against Hastings on Saturday
Rebels' Omar Bugiel in action against Hastings on Saturday

WORTHING Football Club have three special matchday events planned for the rest of the season to help boost the club.

Rebels revealed in November that they have to find £6,000 to just open their doors every month. At the time, the playing budget was almost halved, before it was scrapped completely at the start of the year.

Despite this, the majority of Rebels’ squad have stayed together and the club find themselves in the Ryman League South Division play-off places, after seven wins from their last nine league games.

Long-term Worthing fan and new commercial manager Tony Brown has planned three special ‘fun days’ for upcoming home matches and hopes they will create a buzz around the town.

On Saturday, February 21, Rebels will hold a family fun day for their match with Walton & Hersham, with special entry offers.

Then, on Saturday, March 21, Worthing will host a fans’ day – which have proved popular in the past – when they play Folkestone Invicta.

There will then be an Easter Eggstravaganza for their match with Hythe Town on Saturday, April 4, when the first 50 children to arrive will receive an Easter egg, before an Easter egg hunt will take place.

Brown said: “The idea is to get a real buzz around the town as the season comes to an end and the team pushes for promotion.

“I am keen to try to promote the club as much as possible and make more people around the town aware of what’s happening at Worthing Football Club.

“In addition to promoting the footballing side of the club, I am also keen to bring more social events to Woodside Road.

“We have our first monthly quiz tomorrow (7.30pm) and many more events are planned, such as auctions and poker nights.”

Rebels have held several meetings in the last few weeks regarding their future and company secretary Alistair McKail is pleased with how negotiations have been going and hopes there will be news in February.

He said: “Our negotiations are progressing very well and have moved on another stage.”

On the pitch, Rebels overcame East Grinstead 2-0 last Wednesday and beat Hastings by the same scoreline on Saturday.

They sit fifth in the table – the last play-off position – five points ahead of Whyteleafe, who have a game in hand.

Worthing’s match at Chipstead on Tuesday was postponed owing to a waterlogged pitch. They now travel to Herne Bay in the league on Saturday, before they then entertain Burgess Hill in the quarter-finals of the Sussex Senior Cup on Wednesday.

The Hillians are the only side to beat Rebels in their last 11 matches, when they won 5-1 at Woodside Road last month, and Worthing boss Adam Hinshelwood said: “No team enjoys losing and that 5-1 loss against Burgess Hill hurt the squad.

“We learned a lot from that defeat and I think the players will be better off this time around.

“They are going really well and are unbeaten in the league this year but we know we are capable of causing an upset.

“With the run that we are currently on and a semi-final spot in the competition up for grabs, I am sure everyone will be wanting to win.”