Worthing Football Club chairman Pete Stone feels the club lost a year off the field last season owing to pitch problems at Woodside Road.

All of Worthing’s first five home league games were played at Bognor last season because of issues with their 3G pitch and Stone admits the club are still recovering from that even now, given the cost of playing at Nyewood Lane and lost revenue. Worthing averaged more than 850 for the final six home games of last season and felt attendances would have been higher all season had they been able to play at Woodside Road throughout the campaign.

Stone said: “Off the pitch we lost a year last year. On the pitch, we lost a couple of months and then we gained it with Adam (Hinshelwood).

“It’s swings and roundabouts. Off the pitch, we are still trying to recover now. Being at Bognor for five games and two months away from home had a massive impact on us and it might take us a whole season to recover from last season.”

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