Worthing continue ‘toughest month’ with trip to Kingstonian

Adam Hinshelwood insists his side are going to have to be at their best when Worthing visit 11th-placed Kingstonian in the BetVictor Isthmian Premier Division this Saturday.

Worthing manager Adam Hinshelwood. Photo by Stephen Goodger.
Worthing manager Adam Hinshelwood. Photo by Stephen Goodger.

The Ks are unbeaten in their last seven league games and are draw specialists having drawn 13 of their 27 league games so far this season.

Meanwhile, Hinshelwood’s side have suffered a dip in form of late, losing their past three matches in all competitions – which is the first time they have lost three successive games in more than 13 months.

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Kingstonian have impressed in both FA competitions this season, thrashing League Two side Macclesfield Town 4-0 to reach the second round proper of the FA Cup, where they were knocked out by National League AFC Fylde.

The King George’s Field outfit also reached the FA Trophy second round proper where they were taken out 2-0 by Leamington in a replay.

Saturday’s fixture will be Worthing’s seventh game of eight scheduled fixtures this month – a month which manager Hinshelwood claims is their toughest.

And with the gap at the top closed further, courtesy of last Saturday’s loss to Folkestone Invicta, Hinshelwood admits it’s vital they get back on track with a win this weekend.

He said: “It has been the toughest month.

“I always knew this month would test us and Kingstonian will prove to be one of our toughest games of the season.

“They’ve got a squad of players that proved in the cup commpetitions that they can compete at any level of non-league football and they’ve got a greatly experienced manager in Hayden (Bird).

“Their league position is completely false and they’ll be still looking to get in the play-offs themselves.

“So it’s going to be a real tough one and we know that we’re going to have to be at our best to get anything from the game.”

Jesse Starkey remains suspended for the Mackerels, with the midfielder sidelined for four more games following his two red cards in two consecutive games.