The final of the Sussex Senior Challenge Cup is due to take place on Tuesday 10 May 2022 between Brighton & Hove Albion and Worthing.
Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Worthing
Sussex Senior Challenge Cup Final
Date: Tuesday 10 May 2022
Venue: American Express Community Stadium, Brighton & Hove Albion FC
What a season it has been for Worthing who after promotion to the National League South will be looking to top it off with a Cup Final glory at the Amex.
The final could be a strange occasion for manager, Adam Hinshelwood with the potential of his son Jack, being involved for Brighton.
“We're hoping Jack will be involved! They might play older 23s players, but he has featured in the last couple of rounds so it would be nice for him to be involved.
“It would be a strange feeling - we played their Under-16s a couple of years ago now with our 18s and he scored two and had an assist that day so hopefully he's not in that form again!”
Speaking of his opponents in the final, Adam speaks of the strong test that Brighton will pose.
“Getting to the final itself is an unbelievable achievement but to go toe-to-toe with a team that's full of really talented players that could become Premier League players, is a great opportunity.
“It's an opportunity that we will relish and obviously playing at the Amex as well, it's the type of game we want be part of with the club moving forward.
“We can only judge Brighton on the couple of games we've had with them. We played them pre-season and they had some really good players playing which could be the case again. I think we lost 1-0 and Carl Rushworth kept them in that game to be honest with some really good saves.
“We played them in the Semi-Final of the Senior Cup a couple of years ago taking them to extra-time so both games have been high quality and we're under no illusion that they possess bags of quality.
“They move the ball around the pitch very quickly, their fitness levels and their sharpness that they have is something we won't be as used to.
“We need a bit of luck on the night and our players will have to perform out of their skins for us to have an opportunity to win.”
We’ve seen Brighton in the competition this season cruise to victory when they get the first goal, and Adam knows that the first goal in this game is crucial.
“The first goal in any game is massive but in a cup final it's really important. It can settle either team down and I'm sure the 23s don't play at the Amex a great deal so it will be a great occasion for them.
“It's a cup final at the end of the day and that's a fantastic achievement for both sides. We know the first goal is important, we've come from behind a couple of times this season but either way we'll be focused on ourselves and the job we need to do.”
Lastly, Adam tells us of what he will say to his side ahead of the game, knowing one or two will have a point to prove out there.
“Cup Finals are great occasions but they are even better when you're on the winning side. One thing that the players have done for us this year is be ultra-professional in their approach.
“I'm sure they will relish the chance to go and pit themselves against quality opposition and in such a great arena to play football as well.
“You want them to go and embrace that and enjoy it but also really showcase what we are about as a team. I think that's the key thing, sometimes you can be a bit of a rabbit in the headlights and not turn up, we most certainly don't want to do that.
“We have good links with Brighton and I'd say six or seven, if not more, would have been at Brighton at some point in their career, some up to 23s, some let go before their scholarship.
“But there's definitely one or two that will feel they have a point to prove I'm sure, and lie I said, they will relish the opportunity to show what they can do.”
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