Worthing boss Hinshelwood unsurprised by dip in form

Adam Hinshelwood admitted Worthing’s current dip in form ‘hasn’t taken him by surprise’.

Lloyd Dawes is unavailable for Worthing's home game against Wingate & Finchley. Picture by Stephen Goodger
Lloyd Dawes is unavailable for Worthing's home game against Wingate & Finchley. Picture by Stephen Goodger

The Isthmian Premier Division leaders’ winless home run stretched to four games with last Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Potters Bar Town.

The Mackerels’ last home win came in a 2-0 league triumph over Cheshunt more than a month ago, and Hinshelwood’s side have only won once in their past five games.

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After coming off the back of an impressive seven consecutive victories, Hinshelwood admits he hasn’t been surprised in their fortunes slowing down.

He said: “You don’t expect it to come but it hasn’t taken me by surprise because I know the level of the league.

“We’re not a team that’s gone and spent a fortune or got a massive budget, compared to everyone else in the league.

“We’re probably middle of the road in terms of budgets in the league so we’re going to come up against teams and not be able to pick up points, but that’s the way it is.”

He continued: “With the way we’ve been performing, it’s easy to get carried away and run away with the idea that we’re expected to win every game.

“Even the teams at the bottom who don’t want to go down will probably be spending some money on getting new recruits to help them stay in the league so it’s tough, and you saw that with Wingate beating Folkestone just last week.”

Worthing host 18th-placed Wingate & Finchley this Saturday with the visitors hoping to extend their six-game unbeaten run in the league.

The Blues shocked Worthing’s title rivals Folkestone Invicta with a 1-0 win in Kent two weeks ago.

Hinshelwood said: “Obviously it’s going to be a tricky game and they’ll be full of confidence after beating Folkestone. They’re another team that are fighting and scrapping to stay in the division so we’re going to have to perform at our level best to get anything from it.”

Lloyd Dawes won’t be available after picking up a calf problem, while Cameron Tutt could return from an aggravated foot fracture.