Pamment puts two past Billericay Town to secure important win
Substitute Kieron Pamment scored two goals in three minutes as ten-man Worthing beat league leaders Billericay Town 2-1.
Great play between Pamment, Reece Meekums, and Zack Newton broke the duck in the 71st minute before a stunning chip over Billericay’s Alan Julian got Pamment a second in the 74th.
The Blues’ Jake Robinson scored a header at the other end a minute later, but the Mackerel Men weathered the storm, despite Joel Colbran being sent off in injury time.
A season-high attendance of 1,163 turned up to a see a Reds side that had made three changes after last week’s 1-0 loss at Harrow Borough. Sam Rents replaced Joe Clarke and Harvey Sparks made way for Jazz Rance, while Anesu Sisimayi was dropped in favour of Alex Parsons.
The first half was a slow burner. Rance’s fancy flick and cross to Jesse Starkey in the 6th minute resulted in nothing but a corner, while Lucas Covolan parried a Billy Bricknell shot eight minutes later.
Parsons’ return was cut short by injury, however, and he was replaced by Pamment in the 17th minute in what would turn out to be an important substitution.
The rest of the half was marked with plenty of yellow cards, with both teams receiving two cautions by the time the whistle blew. There were a few chances for both sides though: Covolan did well to deny Calum Butcher from point-blank range after 35 minutes, while at the other end Rents’ corner seemed to be heading goalwards until Joe Kizzi cleared it from the line.
Though the second half started off quietly, things started to heat up after 50 minutes. Meekums embarked on an effortless run, beating two Billericay players before shooting, but goalkeeper Julian palmed it away.
The Reds defence then had their work cut out for them thanks to a succession of ‘Ricay chances, but they stepped up. After a fantastic double save from Covolan denied Robinson a sure goal in the 53rd minute, Darren Budd cleared a goalward shot three minutes later. An unmarked Bricknell seemed sure to put the Blues ahead, but his header fell a whisker away from the goal.
Starkey was almost on the scoresheet in the 60th minute after hurtling down the left flank and unleashing a shot goalwards, but again Julian saved. Five minutes later, new signing Jake Luff made his debut, replacing Rents.
The game exploded in the 71st minute, though. Meekums played in Newton, who crossed for Pamment to take a touch and fire home. Minutes later the top-scorer was at it again, outrageously chipping Julian from outside the box after Newton’s earlier shot was blocked.
Then came a Billericay onslaught, with Robinson scoring a header from a Sam Deering cross within 60 seconds. Three minutes later a speculative shot from Deering came too close to comfort, but it dipped over the bar.
Things seemed lost when Colbran was shown a second yellow for time-wasting, though substitute Clarke forced a goal line clearance from Josh Urquhart moments later. The Blues’ Danny Waldren almost certainly nabbed a point-blank equaliser a minute later, but Covolan excellently latched onto it to ensure the Reds remained in front.
The result saw Worthing rise to 18th in the table, ten points from the drop zone, with a midweek fixture at Staines Town coming up.
Worthing: Covolan, Colbran, Rents (Luff 65’) Budd (c), Barker, Young, Parsons (Pamment 17’), Meekums, Newton, Starkey (Clarke 79’), Rance
Subs Not Used: Sparks, Pope
Goals: Pamment 71’, 74’
Booked: Colbran 21’, Budd 30’
Sent Off: Colbran 90’
Billericay Town: Julian, Evans (Wheeler 49’), Urquhart, Kizzi, Inman, Deering, Hughes, Waldren, Bricknell (Cunnington 65’), Butcher (Rooney 69’), Robinson
Subs Not Used: Paine, Swaine
Booked: Butcher 22’, Evans 36’, Kizzi 63’, Waldren 77’, Rooney 86’