Match Preview: Worthing (A)

Match Preview: Worthing (A)

Hampton & Richmond will look to get back to winning ways with a tough away trip to the south-coast to face fellow play-off chasers Worthing.

Where They Stand

After drawing at home to Tonbridge Angels on Good Friday, the Beavers have dropped down to sixth. With just six games remaining, every point will be crucial to Mel Gwinnett and his players. The return of Mason Bloomfield from injury is a timely boost for the TW12 side, as well as seeing Bayley Brown back in the matchday squad.

National League South League Table At Start of Matchday

Position Games Played Team Points
3 41 Braintree Town


4 40 Maidstone 70
5 41 Worthing 69
6 40 Hampton & Richmond 68
7 42 Aveley 66


Worthing have seen some mixed results since the departure of previous Manager Adam Hinshelwood, who moved into the National League to manage York City. However, with a dominating 5-1 away win over Havant & Waterlooville, it appears the Rebels may well have re-found their feet as we enter the final stages of the season. League top goal-scorer Ollie Pearce will be hoping to get on the scoresheet once again, but free-flowing Worthing will know they have plenty of candidates waiting in the wings propel today's hosts to victory.

Worthing's Last Five Results

Havant & Waterlooville (A) 1-5 (W)
Bath City (H) 2-2 (D)
Chippenham Town (A) 3-1 (L)
Farnborough (H) 2-3 (L)
Taunton Town (H) 1-3 (L)


Last Time Out

The Beavers won their fourth game on the bounce with a 4-1 win at the Beveree tonight. They were led by goals from Rob Hall, substitute Alfy Whittingham, and a brace from Ben Seymour. This gave Hampton & Richmond 21 points, and moved them ahead of the visitors, Worthing, in the table. 

After a scoreless first half where Worthing saw much of the ball and caused multiple great saves from Adam Desbois, Hampton & Richmond came out firing immediately in the second half. Their first goal came in the 47th minute as Rob Hall’s shot deflected off a Worthing defender and rolled into the bottom right corner just past the keeper’s hands.  

A foul on Ruaridh Donaldson in the 73rd minute gave the Beavers another great opportunity as Sam Deadfield sent a superb ball into the box and was headed on target by Luis Fernandez. It was saved by Roco Rees, but Hampton & Richmond quickly won the ball back. The home side were then given a penalty. Seymour stepped up to the spot and sent Rees the wrong way as he placed it perfectly in the bottom left corner.  

Worthing got one back in the 77th minute when Danny Cashman found the bottom right of the net. However, Hampton & Richmond quickly restored their two goal lead in the 80th minute. A shot from Fernandez was mishandled by Rees and Seymour was there to put it into the back of the net for his second goal on the day and fifth of the season. 

The Beavers fourth and final goal came in the last minute of added time from substitute Whittingham only seconds after he came on.

Fixture History

The history between the two sides is a long one, extending all the way back to August 1971 when the first meeting between the clubs ended in a 2-2 draw at Worthing’s Woodside Road ground. 

Prior to last season, however, the last time the two sides had met was in 2007 in the FA Cup Third Round Qualifying when the Beavers triumphed with a 2-0 win. 

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