Hinshelwood gives injury update ahead of Velocity Trophy tie

Adam Hinshelwood. Picture by Stephen Goodger
Adam Hinshelwood. Picture by Stephen Goodger

Worthing boss Adam Hinshelwood will field a strong team in tonight's Velocity Trophy clash with Tonbridge Angels but is still without five key players.

Goalkeeper Lucas Covolan, defenders Aarran Racine, Joel Colbran and Alfie Young, and striker Ollie Pearce will all miss the game but Sam Rents is back available after missing Saturday's 1-1 draw at AFC Hornchurch through suspension.


Hinshelwood says all of the injured quintet are progressing and Colbran could be back for Saturday's FA Trophy tie away to Bedford Town.


Worthing's manager said: "There was a helluva six-a-side team sat behind me on Saturday.


"When you weigh it up and look at how well the team is performing - with those six sat behind me and a bench full of talent as well - the club is in a good place.


"Lucas, Aarran, Alfie, Joel and Ollie were all out injured and Rentsy was suspended, so there was some real talent sat behind me.


"All of the injuries are progressing. We were hoping Lucas's cast was going to come off yesterday and Aarran has seen a specialist and is weighing up a few options, in terms of what's the best way to get him back and for him to stay back.


"Alfie is progressing as well and Joel was just a bit tight.


"Ollie can do everything but just has a bit of pain on the inside of his foot if he was to pass or kick the ball, so that shouldn't take too long to heal."


Worthing entertain Tonbridge Angels at Woodside Road tonight (7.45pm) and on-loan duo Reece Meekums and Zack Newton are both set to start. They are unavailable this weekend owing to the loan arrangements with their parent clubs.


Hinshelwood said: "We'll give Reece and Zack as many minutes as we can and Rentsy missed Saturday, so he's one who will feel better for getting some minutes.


"We'll just assess how everybody is. Although we wanted the three points on Saturday, we're still on a good run.


"You want to keep that momentum going and you don't want too much disruption within the side. If you can keep the nucleus of a side together it helps.


"We'll rest one or two up if we can but if everyone's feeling okay I don't see any reason why we would make too many changes."

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