Worthing will get the Champions League treatment when they go live on TNT Sports.

The channel which brings viewers the European club competitions as well Premier League, Serie A and a range of other sports, are heading to West Sussex to show Worthing v Bath City (3pm kick-off).

It’s a match with plenty of significance in the race for play-off spots in Vanarama National League south.

TNT have been at the Sussex Transport Community Stadium in Woodside Road this week getting things ready for the big day.

Worthing club owner George Dowell said: “It’s exciting to see things taking shape.

“They are calling it their Champions League set-up in terms of staff they are sending because they have got no other games on that day.

“They are throwing everything at it to make it as good as possible.”

The live game is another huge feather in the cap of the Rebels, who have made great progress, despite twice seeing seasons in which they were well set for promotion halted by Covid.

Dowell said: “We get a fee from TNT, which is nice, but the bigger picture is the exposure for the club.

“Hopefully we put on a good show and people will see it and then come down and give us a chance and watch some games at Woodside.

“That’s the chief benefit we are excited about.

“We must be doing something right to get the game chosen in the first place.

“We were chuffed to bits to get the game and it shows how far we have come in the last five or six years.

As Dowell recognises, the TV crew could be calling at a more opportune moment.

Worthing were flying early in the year and were thinking in terms of being the chief challengers should runaway leaders Yeovil slip up.

In recent weeks, the results have dried up and they have seen boss Adam Hinshelwood head to York City along with two assistants.

Former skipper Aarran Racine has taken interim charge, helped by Dean Hammond and Darren Budd.

The plan is for that to remain the case for the rest of the season.

Dowell said: “We wanted to make sure the players were getting the same messages because we were having a good season.

“We are starting to draw up a shortlist and the job is being advertised in the next few days.

“But I think people know it is there.

“Unless something goes drastically wrong between now and the end of the season, I don’t see us making a call in that period.

“We have lost five out of six, which doesn’t seem brilliant, but we have only really deserved to lose one of them.

“We have had a lot of the ball and created chances but then made mistakes at the other end and they are costing us.

“The interim guys have had four games now and lost three but they have only deserved to lose one.

“Hopefully we can have a good performance. I don’t think Bath are on a good run either.

“It’s a massive game and the players will be up for it.”

The bigger picture for Worthing is one of ongoing ambition, although initial goals have already been reached.

Dowell, who famously took charge of the club almost nine years ago and turned around their fortunes on and off the pitch, said: “We wanted to get two promotions in five years.

“It was seven years in the end but two of those were abandoned because of Covid.

“Obviously we want to be promoted again as soon as we possibly can and we want to become a full-time club.

“I think we will always be ambitious.”