Crunch time for Blues

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It’s crunch time for Blues on Saturday as Worthing visit the ProKit UK Stadium for Stortford’s penultimate home game of the season.
Four straight wins have lifted Blues up to the heady heights of eighth but they’ll need to win their final four games to stand any chance of getting into the play-offs.

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Worthing will arrive at the ProKit UK Stadium sitting fourth in the table with 63 points from 38 games, five points and four places ahead of the Blues heading into the final straight..
Second half goals from Sam Robbins and sub Nick Brown gave Blues all three points when they travelled to the south coast in December, and they will need to complete a double against the Rebels if they are going to remain in the hunt for the post-season.
As well as making a good start to their league campaign, the Rebels have enjoyed cup success, progressing to the FA Cup fourth qualifying round with wins against Faversham Town, Chelmsford City and Moneyfields before going out in a replay against Ebbsfleet United.

Don’t forget that admission for 12-17-year-olds has been reduced to £1 for the final two home games. Please bring proof of age if you’ve stated growing a beard!

After home wins against Burgess Hill Town and Chesham United in the FA Trophy, their Wembley hopes were ended by a 2-1 loss at Bedford Town, while they progressed to the last 16 of the league cup before losing to Mertsham.
Prior to December’s game it had been 17 years since Blues visited Woodside Road, and much of that period has seen the Rebels playing at the fourth tier of non-league football.
Promotion through the Isthmian South play-offs in 2016 saw Worthing return to the Premier Division but despite averaging around 600, their two years in the third tier have been decidedly underwhelming with lower mid-table finishes, and there was no join in the FA competitions last season with early exits at Dorking Wanderers and Thame United in the Cup and Trophy respectively.
The meetings between the sides in 2001/2 saw Blues win 4-1 at Woodside Road before drawing 1-1 at Woodside Park on their way to promotion from Isthmian Division One.
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Author: Dave Ryan