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Kealy (41', 45'), Pattenden (68'), Myles-Meekums (83')
0 Kingstonian

Grier's Guide to Worthing

The match: Worthing v Kingstonian, Isthmian League. Tuesday 15 February, 19:45.

The club: 136 years old but they've never been at such a high point as they are now - they've dominated the Isthmian for the past three seasons, only being denied a deserved promotion by the pandemic. They have two quite distinctive nicknames: The Rebels and The Mackerel Men.

The town: Seaside town to the west of Brighton complete with large beach, art deco pier and historic cinema. Oscar Wilde wrote The Importance of Being Earnest there in 1894.

The ground: Woodside Road, Worthing, BN14 7HQ. A good ground for our level with cover at both ends and a good-sized main stand. It has an artificial playing surface, which had some problems when first installed - they ended up sharing in Bognor for half a season while it was fixed.

Tickets: £12 adult, £8 over 65s/students/disabled, £3 13-16, £1 6-12, U6 free. You can buy them online at https://worthingfc.com/club/supporters/tickets/

Directions: It's almost due south from Kingston via a reasonably straight run down the A24 through Dorking. Parking is generally fine in the streets around the ground. By train it's near the station but almost an hour and a half from Clapham Junction with a change at East Croydon.

Our record there: Generally not good, with a 2-1 defeat in Hayden Bird's first season being another in a string of poor results at Worthing.

Players to watch: Oliver Pearce has just returned to the top of the Isthmian goalscoring charts with a hat-trick against Wingate - he's now on 30 for the season in the league alone.

Recent form: Top of the league, as they were when the last two seasons were curtailed, although recent draws with Corinthian-Casuals and Hornchurch have seen Enfield close the gap. They've beaten us twice at King George's Field this season, 4-3 in the league and then 1-0 in the Velocity Trophy.

Crowd: One of the best supported teams in the league and capable of making a bit of noise - they're averaging over 1,000 and there's clearly a massive buzz around their success.

Drinking: The Brooksteed Alehouse is a fine craft beer venue just round the corner from the ground. Anchored in Worthing, near the seafront, is a quirky micropub (and it really is micro) that's well worth a visit if you have time. The Charles Dickens is a good choice for watching live football and The Green Man Ale & Cider House by West Worthing station is another good micropub not too far from the ground.

Food: A Tuesday night in February might test how seasidey you feel but Old Nick's round the corner from the ground doesn't disappoint with its fish and chips.

Published Friday 11th February 2022