The Worthing FC boss is looking forward to Isthmian premier division fixtures resuming when Covid lockdowns are relaxed, but fears a further delay in the new year.
The season has been on pause since November 5 for the Mackerel Men and the pack chasing them for promotion. A winning start to the league season had their fans eager to watch them in action, with the maximum of 600 cheering them on in the only home game – at their temporary base at Horsham FC – they fitted in before the latest lockdown.
Hinshelwood hopes the FA can plan strategies to resume matches and allow fans back in safely.
“We haven’t had a home game in a long time but there’s no better feeling than having big crowds and the whole community coming and supporting the team on a Saturday afternoon - it is really special,” said Hinshelwood.
“We’ve missed that and I’m sure the players have missed that as well. I’ve missed it from a personal point of view. We are all keen to get back to it, but it’s got to be when everything is safe.”
The boss believes his players will be fit and ready for action when the go-ahead is given. They had been training just before the Christmas period and hope to be fully focused on staying top when fixtures return.
“All the players seem good, we had a session just before the lockdown got enforced last Wednesday, so that was good,” Hinshelwood.
“Everyone seemed to have a good Christmas and between now and the new year we are just touching base with everybody and making sure everyone’s all okay. We will wait on the league and the government’s stipulations and how that leaves us in terms of getting together for training.”
The squad has suffered one setback. Striker Mo Diallo has signed for National South outfit Wealdstone, the 21-year-old Guinean having made a big impression at Worthing in his short spell.
But another key man, Dayshonne Golding, is making good progress as he recovers from injury. “He was about five weeks out and he’s two into it at the moment so he’s three weeks away. He’s progressing so by the time we restart we should have him,” said Hinshelwood.