Rebels eye last four

Adam Hinshelwood
Adam Hinshelwood

WORTHING Football Club will look to reach the semi-finals of the Sussex Senior Cup tomorrow evening when they travel to local rivals Burgess Hill.

Rebels have reached the last eight with wins over Three Bridges (2-1) and Newhaven 2-0) and the winners of the tie will face Peacehaven & Telscombe in the semi-finals.

A number of Worthing players have previously played at Burgess Hill, whose manager Ian Chapman is describing this as a big game.

He said: “It’s the biggest of the season so far with a realistic chance of getting into a semi-final and, hopefully, a final. It will be a difficult tie because Worthing have really picked up recently under Adam Hinshelwood.

“It’s a game that we know if we play well we are capable of winning. Our home record at the newly-named Green Elephants Stadium has been good with just two defeats out of 20-or-so league and cup games”.

The teams have met twice in the Ryman League South Division this season. They drew 1-1 at Woodside Road in August, before Hillians won 4-1 on Boxing Day, when Hinshelwood, who was assistant manager at Burgess Hill for a spell last season, took charge of Rebels for the first time.

The Hillians include Alan Mansfield, Neil Watts, Stuart Tuck, Darren Budd, Scott Kirkwood and Spencer Slaughter, who have all previously played for Worthing.

The game kicks off at 7.30pm.

The final of the competition will be played at Brighton & Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium. Bognor Regis will face Horsham YMCA in the other semi-final.