Hinshelwood: We told the boys to take the game to them
Adam Hinshelwood hailed his side’s performance on Saturday as they picked up three massive points with a deserved 2-1 victory over Bostik League Premier Division title favourites Billericay Town.
After an even first half which ended goal-less, the Mackerel Men broke the deadlock in the 71st minute, Kieron Pamment finished off a fine flowing move involving Reece Meekums and Zak Newton. Pamment then added Worthing’s second goal two minutes later with a well measured chip over the head of ‘Ricay keeper Alan Julian and despite Jake Robinson replying immediately, the three points stayed at Woodside Road in front of a bumper crowd of 1163.
Hinshelwood was keen to point out crucial saves from keeper Lucas Covolan at both ends of the game were important to ensure the Mackerel Men picked up the win.
‘I was very pleased with Lucas’ performance today, you sometimes need a bit of luck also when the ball bobbles in the box and he was spot on. He’s a very good keeper and there’s been times this season where the saves he’s made haven’t earned us the points and in the last few weeks that’s changed around in our favour.’
‘I felt we controlled the game well, but we were a bit careless in possession sometimes, instances where we could have kept the ball instead of forcing the pass a bit. However, we played some good stuff and dominated the ball despite the first half being very even, a couple of good chances for both sides could’ve changed the second half had one ended up in the net.’
‘Losing Alex to injury again came from a careless pass he had to try and chase down, so we know we have to work on being better in possession. We are a young team and that naivety at times does come through and with the experience they’re gaining, in time they’ll eradicate those mistakes.’
‘Second half, we told the boys to take the game to them, to play on the front foot and that gave us the goals. We thought that given the amount of games Billericay have played recently there might be a few tired legs out there and we could exploit that. Our supporters expect it too, we’re at home and we have to give them something to cheer about.’
Hinshelwood was full of praise for two goal hero Pamment, ‘two great goals, the technique for the first strike was top class, a great first touch with his left foot and then gave the keeper no chance with the right foot shot. And then the second, once again spot-on technique to get the ball down just under the bar. He’s been chomping at the bit to get back into the starting line up, but his attitude and work rate in training has been impressive and he gives us that little bit of quality in the final third of the pitch. Sometimes it’s easy to forget it’s his first prolonged attempt at Bostik League level and he’s acquitting himself well.’
Hinshelwood knows his side need to keep better concentration levels as they enter the final period in games, ‘that side of the game is something to work on, that game should have finished 2-0 rather than put ourselves on a knife edge. With a side of their quality, you have to be on it all game, there is no let up. Lucas again kept us in front in those last ten minutes, but we showed a great team attitude to take the three points, that important togetherness from our squad, even from those subs who didn’t get on.’
Hinshelwood also reflected on the late sending off of Joel Colbran, ‘again our naivety showed through there. We had a corner, we wanted the ball in the box, we’re not a team to keep it in the corner to waste time. We set up to not be caught on the counter and the ball has ended up back in our half and Joel reacted to the foul kicking the ball away. He knew what he’d done straight away, but he’ll learn from it, he’s apologised in the changing rooms after. He’s done well for us this season, another young player whose come from the County League and proved he fits in at this level.’
The sizeable crowd cheering his side on certainly didn’t escape Hinshelwood’s attention, ‘the crowd figure was incredible! I know we had some extra from not many other sides playing, but it’s the size of the club Worthing can become. We already have a big fan-base and with that comes a bit of pressure to perform for them, we’ve fallen below those standards quite often this season. It’s been nice to see all the plaudits and mentions on Twitter today, but it’s done now, another result, and we look to Staines on Tuesday night now ready to go again.’