WORTHING Football Club joint manager Kieran Collins is hoping his side can overcome their FA Cup disappointment by progressing in the FA Trophy on Saturday.
Rebels exited the FA Cup at Faversham Town 5-1 in August and head to Ryman League North Division AFC Sudbury in the FA Trophy this weekend.
Rebels look set to be at full-strength for the game – barring any injuries from last night’s League Cup tie at Peacehaven.
Recent signings Dean Bown, on loan from Eastbourne Borough, Malachi Robinson, on loan from Crawley Town, and Brannon O’Neill, from St Francis Rangers, were all set to play at Peacehaven.
Speaking earlier in the week, Collins said: “Saturday is a massive game. We were disappointed about the FA Cup and still are disappointed about it as it’s a chance to get good revenue for the club if you get through a couple of rounds, with luck on your side.
“Sudbury are through to the third qualifying round of the FA Cup with a bye and that’s sometimes the luck you need. We didn’t have any at Faversham.
“That makes the Trophy game massive for us. It’s a two-and-a-half hour journey there, so it’s going to be a long, old day.
“Myself and Lee Brace will watch them play Brentwood on Tuesday to see what they are about.
“We were looking to play Malachi, Dean and Brannon in the League Cup and also a few of our players who have been out on loan to see how they’ve been getting on.”
Rebels gave game time to a number of their younger players in a friendly against Crystal Palace’s academy team at Woodside Road on Friday evening.
Rebels lost 3-0 to Palace but Collins was pleased with how his side played and said: “The lads did well, created chances and 3-0 maybe slightly flattered them. We started with Jack Fagan in goal and Harvey Sparks, Charlie Dennis and George Hayward all got game time, so it was a good run-out to keep things ticking over.”
Rebels arranged the game as their Ryman League South Division match with Folkestone was postponed owing to their opponents’ FA Cup commitments.
Worthing hope central defender Matt Hurley, who has been out all season, could be back playing before Christmas after a successful operation.
n Rebels are taking a coach to AFC Sudbury on Saturday. It leaves Woodside Road at 9.30am and costs £10 per person. Anyone interested in booking a seat can call 01903 239575.
If the game is drawn, the replay will take place next midweek. If there is a result either way, Rebels will host Faversham in the league on Wednesday (7.45pm).
Visit www.worthingherald.co.uk/sport for a report from Rebels’ League Cup tie at Peacehaven last night.