WORTHING Football Club first-team coach Jon Meeney believes his side have what it takes to end Burgess Hill’s unbeaten start to the Ryman League South Division season on Saturday.
Rebels host a Hillians side who have yet to suffer a single defeat in their 21 league matches so far this campaign, as they have 16 wins and five draws.
Despite such a daunting prospect facing his side, Meeney believes Rebels can become the first team to defeat them.
After a 1-1 draw at Hythe on Saturday, Worthing go into the match on the back of a five-match unbeaten run, which has seen them climb to sixth in the table, just a point outside the play-off places.
Rebels will go into the game without striker Trevor McCreadie, who has joined Peacehaven & Telscombe, but Meeney is looking forward to the match and said: “It’s obviously going to be an absolutely monumental task trying to overcome Burgess Hill.
“They have a really good squad and to get to this stage of the season unbeaten takes some real doing.
“But we will not just stand back and let them play, we will go out to try to get the win.
“We will show them the respect they deserve by playing our natural way and will give it our best shot.
“Hopefully, we can get a few more fans through the door for the game as it’s Christmas and it would be incredible if we could send them home celebrating a victory.”
It could be a hat-trick of sorts for the town of Worthing if Rebels win as, on the past two Saturdays, Worthing Raiders Rugby Club and Worthing Thunder Basketball Club have ended unbeaten starts to the season of sides in their respective sports.
Meeney added: “It would be a really great feeling if we could end the unbeaten run of Burgess Hill.
“All the players know that they have what it takes to come out on top in the contest.
“It’s just a case of everyone going out there and giving everything for the club and then anything is possible.
“We are on a pretty good run ourselves in the league at the moment and, after equalising late on against Hythe on Saturday, I think the players will be confident going into the game.”
On the departure of McCreadie, who was Rebels’ top scorer with 12 goals, Meeney said: “It’s a shame that Trevor has had to move on from the club.
“Peacehaven put in a seven-day approach for him and, with the current financial situation here, he moved on.
“I wish him all the best in the future and this is now another step in his footballing journey. With Trevor and Terry Dodd moving on from the club, what that does provide is a chance for some of the younger players at the club to come in and try to stake a claim for a starting place.
“Ben Pope has come in upfront in the past few games and done a really good job.
“We have a really good bunch of youngsters at the club at the current time and, if myself and Adam (Hinshelwood, manager) can bring a few of those into the first-team fold, that would be great to give them an opportunity.
“I would just like to thank Trevor for all that he gave the club in his short time here and I’m sure he will score goals in the division above at Peacehaven.”
Saturday’s match is set to be striker Greg Luer’s last for Burgess Hill, before he joins up with the development squad at Premier League side Hull City.