Worthing lose out in five-goal thriller to Thurrock
Despite scoring, manager Gary Elphick was unable to avoid seeing his side slip to a fourth consecutive defeat at Ship Lane as Thurrock won an entertaining encounter 3-2.
Heavy Bank Holiday traffic meant the team coach arrived in Essex late and they made the worst possible start, falling behind inside the opening minute. Sloppy play on the edge of the area by Matt Boiling gifted the ball to Joe Christou who beat Lucas Covolan with an accurate drive.
Covolan kept the visitors in the game early on, tipping over Stimson’s effort on seven minutes before producing an incredible stop to denying the same player from point blank range with twenty minutes played.
However five minutes later the goalkeeper will feel he could have down more to stop the goal that increased the home side’s advantage. A hopeful ball forward fell kindly for Christou who’s well-struck half volley slipped under Covolan’s body.
The away side started to improve as the half wore on and halved the deficit ten minutes before the break with a well worked goal. Schmodinger, Newton and Pope combined well down the right-hand-side the latter eventually slipping in a superb through-ball to James Fraser who squeezed the ball past Tim Brown.
The second period started brightly for the away side but that positivity quickly vanished just five minutes in when The Fleet restored their two-goal advantage.
Captain Ross Edwards was caught in possession near the halfway line and the home side broke quickly eventually creating a simple chance for Stimson to side-foot the ball into the corner.
The manager’s goal came with just over half an hour to play to pull his side back in the game, his desire to meet Sam Rents’ corner presented him with the relatively simple task of heading past Brown from inside the six yard box.
The final thirty minutes was end-to-end, Worthing pressing for an equaliser but the home side a constant threat on the break.
The best chance of a leveller fell to substitute Luke Brodie with just five minutes left on the clock. It was another of the replacements on the night, Tony Nwachukwu who was the provider, flashing the ball across the six-yard box but Brodie was unable to make enough contact on the ball to turn it home.
Nwachukwu came even closer to levelling the scores deep into injury time when his intended cross looped over Brown but came back off the bar before being cleared to safety and with that the final whistle blew and Worthing had to face the disappointment of another chance to pick up their first points of the season being lost.
They’ll hope to do just that when they travel to Sussex rivals Burgess Hill Town on Bank Holiday Monday.