Woodside Road needs to be a fortress – Hinshelwood

Rebels boss Adam Hinshelwood
Rebels boss Adam Hinshelwood
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WORTHING Football Club boss Adam Hinshelwood wants to make Woodside Road a difficult place for opponents to play after Rebels recorded just their second home league win of the season on Saturday.

Rebels had won just once in five home league matches prior to Saturday’s 3-1 win against Whitstable in Ryman League South Division and Hinshelwood said: “We’ve got to try to make it a fortress here.

“Last year we couldn’t buy a win away from home but we’ve looked solid away this year – maybe we’re more set up for away games, playing on the counter-attack and shutting up shop a little bit.

“But, at home, you’ve got to go and press a little bit more and maybe we haven’t got the shape and personnel to do that but I want to get on a bit of a run at home.

“We’ve got to make it a hard place to come. I’ve just felt that, in the last few weeks, it’s kind of been ‘welcome to Woodside Road, there’s your goal or two’. I want to make it a harder place for teams to come, so that teams know that they’ve been in a game when they come here. That’s something, as a collective group, that we’re going to look to do.”

Rebels had their highest home crowd of the season of 301 on Saturday and Hinshelwood also hopes more fans will start to come through the gates at Woodside Road.

He said: “It was the international break, Brighton weren’t at home and the sun eventually broke through, so we had a few factors going for us. The support is good, with the loyal group who come home and away, but I’d like to get a few more back here.

“That’s down to us to start providing performances where people want to come back – where they feel like they’re getting entertainment and value for their money.”