WORTHING Football Club boss Adam Hinshelwood says there is a big incentive for his side to try to win at Burgess Hill tomorrow afternoon.
The Hillians were crowned Ryman League South Division champions yesterday and Rebels need to win in their pursuit of a play-off place.
Worthing remained eight points behind fifth-placed Whyteleafe after a 2-1 win over Hythe, with just four games left, but Hinshelwood says his side will not give up hope of a top-five finish.
Looking ahead to the game at Burgess Hill, he said: “Chappers (Ian Chapman) has done a fantastic job there and I’m delighted for them. It’s a good, well-run club so we’ll go there and give them some respect but what an incentive to go there and try to beat the champions on their own turf.
“That will be our aim and I’m pretty sure that if we go there with the same mentality that we’ve shown today, it will be a good game.”
On the play-off race, Hinshelwood said: “If Whyteleafe win all of their games, then they’ll rightly get in the play-offs. But Burgess Hill have still got to go to their place and they’ve got to come here, so there could still be a swing.
“We’ve just got to keep fighting and we will. We’ll try to get as many points as we possibly can on the board and just see if that’s enough. We certainly won’t give up on the play-offs.”
Rebels won 2-1 at home to ten-man Hythe yesterday, with goals from Lloyd Dawes and Omar Bugiel.
On the win, Hinshelwood said: “We’ve had so many games like that this year where we’ve dropped points, either by drawing or losing.
“There’s been too many times this year where we’ve dominated possession and then let teams get back into it by not taking our chances.
“It was really important to go back ahead shortly after their goal. The longer it went, the more anxiety there would have been.
“I’ve got to take a big part of the blame for the second half performance. There was a shift in mentality from the side and everyone seemed a little bit panicky and nervous on the ball and that transpired from how I was on the sidelines.
“I just needed to be a bit calmer on the side. I was possibly demanding a bit too much and it was a really anxious second half and that transpired from myself.
“But I’m still learning the game and I’ve got to learn to stay calm but as long as we all keep learning, that’s all you can ask.”