Nwachukwu nets as Worthing draw 1-1 at Whitehawk
Tony Nwachukwu scored his first Worthing goal as Saturday’s pre-season friendly at National League South side Whitehawk ended in a 1-1 draw.
Worthing’s starting line-up featured new signings Alfie Young, James Fraser and the former Merstham trio Antone Douglas, Kershaney Samuels and Omar Folkes.
The opening stages were fairly even with Whitehawk going close early on before Kane Wills’ deflected shot resulted in a corner, from which Ben Pope headed narrowly wide.
In the 21st minute Worthing went ahead when Wills’ corner found the unmarked Nwacukwu, who headed into the bottom corner and celebrated with his trademark back flip.
Folkes then had a low effort saved before Connor Tighe struck inches wide of the far post for the Hawks who went into half-time a goal down.
Consisting largely of trialists, the Whitehawk team that started the second half had a point to prove and put in an improved performance compared to the first half side.
Trialist (number 9) for the Hawks saw his 20-yard strike tipped over by Worthing goalkeeper Jack Fagan at the start of the second half.
Worthing could have been 2-0 up in the 50th minute when good hold up play by Folkes lead to Wills cutting back to Fraser who curled against the inside of the post.
In the 59th minute the hosts found the equaliser when trialist (number 10) evaded Worthing challenge on the edge of the box and struck beyond Fagan into the bottom corner.
At the other end Folkes’ fierce 25-yard drive was palmed away, before a misplaced goal kick lead to a chance for Hawks trialist (number 7) who shot at the onrushing Fagan’s feet.
Substitute Louis Clark had the best chance to win the match in the 78th minute, but chipped wide having outpaced the Whitehawk right-back.
Trialist (number 9) headed over late on for the hosts as the two sides finished level, probably a fair result from a game which neither side dominated.
Worthing: Fagan, Trialist, Schneider, Wills (c) (Hallard 82’), Young, Douglas (Boiling 80’), Nwachukwu (Newhouse 65’), Samuels (Edwards 68’), Folkes, Pope (Brodie 65’), Fraser (Clark 57’).
Goal: Nwachukwu 21’.