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Winless run stretches to eight games following 1-0 defeat to Lowestoft

Winless run stretches to eight games following 1-0 defeat to Lowestoft

Shaun Bammant’s 87th minute header was enough to secure three points for Lowestoft Town as Worthing’s poor league form continued at the Bibby Financial Services Stadium.

The game looked destined to end goalless after a distinct lack of quality from both sides but after a late corner found its way to Andrew Fisk, he looped the ball back into the danger area where Bammant was on hand to head past Ethan Belward.

Under-18 goalkeeper Belward was deputising for regular number one, Kieron Thorpe who pulled out on the morning of the game through illness. The only other change from last week’s draw at Harrow Borough saw Brannon O’Neill come in for suspended captain Kane Wills.

The hosts started brightly, a last ditch tackle denied Dan Summers following a positive run into the box before a similar drive into the box by Louis Clark eventually ended with his toe-pocked effort being blocked by visiting ‘keeper Jake Jessup, all in the opening five minutes.

Unfortunately for the 612 in attendance that opening flurry of goalmouth action wasn’t a sign of things to come, and it wasn’t until the 44th minute that either side created a clear opening.

It fell the way of the Mackerel Men when Clark pounced on a loose defensive header but lifted his effort over Jessup’s crossbar from six yards out and the sides went in goalless at the break.

Worthing were nearly in front five minutes into the second half, Brannon O’Neill sent in a dangerous in-swinging free-kick that sailed over everyone and crashed off the crossbar.

Brannon O’Neill’s free-kicks comes back off the crossbar

The remainder of the action occurred in the final 12 minutes, starting when Town had the ball in the net courtesy of Jake Reed who turned the ball home when Belward had saved from Nico Cotton but it was rightly ruled out for offside.

The reds best spell followed as Jessup was forced into action on two occasions, first acrobatically turning Sam Rents powerful effort behind for a corner before comfortably saving Harvey Sparks right-foot drive from the edge of the box.

They were left to rue not making more of those half chances when minutes later Bammant struck with Lowestoft’s only effort on target and clinch the points.

Worthing: Belward, Hendon, Rents, Edwards, Cook, Heath, Williamson (Brodie, 60’), O’Neill, Summers, Clark (Herbert, 79’), Sparks.
Subs not used: Watson, Boiling.

Lowestoft Town: Jessup, Barker, Blake-Tracy, Fisk, Mcauley, Cole, Forshaw (Hodd, 78’), Jarvis, Reed (Henderson, 90’), Cotton, Bammant.
Subs not used: Smith, Docherty.
Booked: Hodd, 90’.

Worthing Lowestoft
5 Shots on target 1
6 Shots off target 6
2 Corners 10
9 Fouls 14
0 Yellow cards 1
0 Red cards 0