No pressure in bid for play-off place

Rebels boss Adam Hinshelwood has been pleased with the way Harvey Sparks has progressed this season
Rebels boss Adam Hinshelwood has been pleased with the way Harvey Sparks has progressed this season

WORTHING Football Club boss Adam Hinshelwood says there is no pressure on his young squad in their bid for a place in the Ryman League South Division play-offs.

Rebels have had to cut their playing budget completely, which was announced last week, but Hinshelwood believes all of the squad will stay together despite that.

He is also hopeful of adding another couple of young players to his squad this week and hopes that some positive news could come out of meetings that the club are holding this week.

Rebels company secretary Alistair McKail admitted there is not much he can say at the moment but that things have moved on positively.

He said: “There isn’t a great deal I can say at the moment – but things have moved on in a positive fashion and the options are maturing encouragingly.

“It’s too early to say anything with certainty, but I do have hope that things can progress fairly quickly.

“The response from Adam and all the players has been fantastic, and I appreciate all their efforts, as well as the patience of our supporters.”

On the play-offs, Hinshelwood said: “We’ve just got to keep on playing as we have been and see where it leaves us.

“We’ve got a good run of games coming up and it’s key that we back up our away performances with a couple of home wins.

“We’ll go in to every game with a lot of confidence. The run that we’ve been on with winning games and what has happened in the last few weeks has brought everyone closer together.

“I think everyone is going to stay until the end of the season and I’m hopeful of bringing in a couple of players to bolster the squad for the rest of the season and to have a look at them for next year.

“There’s no pressure on us. The play-offs is a bit of a target but we’re a young side and it’s a real positive sign for the club with the way all the young players are coming on.”

Hinshelwood feels that the youngsters at the club will benefit from the more game time they get for the rest of the season.

He said: “You’ve just got to look at Harvey Sparks. Last year, he was a youth team player who made a few first-team appearances and now he’s made the left-back position his own.

“We’ll look to give a few more of the youth team players a run out for the rest of the season and that will be a real positive for the club going forward and something to build on for next year.”

Rebels entertain sixth-from-bottom Hastings on Saturday, then travel to tenth-placed Chipstead on Tuesday.