Hinshelwood: Winning individual battles wins us games
Manager Adam Hinshelwood was delighted to have secured Worthing Football Club’s Bostik League Premier Division status after a thrilling 3-2 win over Merstham.
George Barker had given the Mackerel Men a half time lead on his home debut followed by a Harvey Sparks strike early in the second half before a defensive mix up allowed Reece Hall to pull one back. Substitute Ben Pope restored Worthing two goal advantage, although the visitors scored again through Tutu Henriques in the 89th minute to set up a nervy finish, the hosts claiming the win to reach 50 points for the season and leaving Hinshelwood happy if not slightly frustrated.
‘The final score-line was closer than it should have been, we did make it hard for ourselves but we got there and we’ve achieved securing our status with games to spare. They came with a game plan to press us hard, all across the pitch and first half I felt they won all the individual battles. I think from that we tried to play more balls in behind their back line and we tried a little too hard to make it happen.’
‘We highlighted areas at half time we could exploit in the second half, we win those battles individually we win games whatever formation we’re playing and that showed in the second forty-five, more purpose and attacked with more intent I felt.’
‘The change in formation after Danny (Barker) went off injured unsettled us a bit, Alex (Parsons) isn’t used to playing right back and Harvey (Sparks) hasn’t played a tremendous amount at left back, so it took a little while to get ourselves right, you know Alfie (Young) as well hasn’t played much as a centre back pairing, more as one of three. Once we got that right, we seemed more assured during the second half.’
Hinshelwood praised his three goal-scorers, goals at vital times to get the points.
‘It was good to see George (Barker) get off the mark early, Harvey with a great strike and obviously Ben (Pope) coming on and seemingly putting us back in control. Popey I’m pleased for as he’s not had a lot of minutes recently and he’s been patient on the bench and not for the first time he’s come up with the goods and got the winning goal. We’re blessed to have a good squad of 16-20, all of a good level and they know that when they get the opportunity in the side they have to take it, it’s good for them and for me to have such competition.’
Hinshelwood was also pleased with debutant keeper George Bentley’s performance after a late call up to the first team
‘Lucas (Covolan) was ill this morning and not fit enough to take his place, George has played very well for our Under 18’s this season and I thought he did well for us, couldn’t be faulted for the goals we conceded and made a good save at 1-0 to keep us in front. It’s good cover for Lucas over the remaining games, I was bit concerned now the registration deadline has passed to not be struggling for cover if Lucas was unavailable, George has shown he’s more than capable for me.’