By Matt Bishop
Worthing FC managing director Calvin Buckland says he “can’t wait to see Woodside Road rocking again” as the club prepare for their return to home ground on Saturday.
The Mackerel Men were forced to play their first five Bostik League Premier Division matches away from home, at Bognor Regis Town’s Nyewood Lane, after their 3G pitch failed three separate FIFA tests over the summer.
It was a severe blow to the club and its supporters, and certainly hasn’t helped their form so far with the club bottom of the league, but morale was boosted earlier this week when it was announced Worthing had been approved a return to their home ground.
Ahead of Metropolitan Police’s visit, a delighted Buckland told the club’s website: “It’s been the first major setback we’ve had in the two-and-a-half years, and it’s pretty much consumed all our thoughts in the last 12 months, which has meant our focus has been taken off other things.
“It’s definitely had a knock-on affect but I’m just so glad to be back and I can’t wait to see Woodside rocking again.”
Buckland was also quick to praise Bognor for their help in agreeing to host Worthing for the opening weeks of the season, saying he “can’t thank them enough”, and the managing director is now hoping fortunes improve on the pitch.
“We just need everyone to get behind us now and hopefully climb the league slowly.” said Buckland.
“Before all this happened everything at the club was on the up, we just want to get back to those days, get the crowds back up, reward them with entertaining football and build some momentum – things can change overnight in football.”