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Hinshelwood: Our naivety was our downfall

Hinshelwood: Our naivety was our downfall

Manager Adam Hinshelwood felt naivety was the difference between his Worthing side and hosts Hendon after the Mackerel Men lost to a last minute goal in the Bostik League Premier Division on Saturday.

An early penalty from Niko Muir was added to by Zak Joseph although Reece Meekums reduced the arrears a minute later which is how it stayed until half time. Josh Walker restored Hendon’s two goal advantage 12 minutes into the second half, until Ben Pope and George Baker scored twice in two minutes to level the scores. The hosts however weren’t done and Ashley Nathaniel-George scored a last minute winner leaving Hinshelwood reflecting on what might have been.

‘On reflection there’s a few things we could have done differently, but some things we couldn’t change. I thought it was a soft penalty given against Joe (Clarke), there was a slight tug of the shirt, but in the case of that we should all expect a penalty given each week. And then despite playing some good football, we find ourselves 2-0 down although we got back into it very quickly.’

‘At the start of the second half I felt we could get into the game quickly and get back on level terms, but they started more brightly than us and went on to get the next goal. We made some changes and did well to get back to 3-3 and looked like we were going to take home a point.’

‘In hindsight we maybe had too many attacking players still on the park, Reece was at left wing back and Alex at right wing back, Jesse, George, Ben and Zack at the top end of the pitch, we probably should’ve shut up shop and gone home with a point. It left us a bit too open at the back and it’s something I’ll take away as a learning curve, that at times we need to make sure we go away from games with something that we’ve earned. Maybe it is a bit naïve to think we can get four goals away from home every time we go goals behind, maybe too adventurous.’

‘I was pleased though the changes we made did work out to get us back into the game, both Zack and Popey could’ve have sulked being on the bench again, but they didn’t and contributed when they came on. We worked the ball all afternoon and we had plenty of plaudits from our hosts from the expansive way we play and getting the ball down to pass, next year we want to be getting the win along with the plaudits.’

Hinshelwood was pleased with the performances of new signing George Barker and 17 year old keeper George Bentley.

‘Both Georges’ have done well, two goals in two games for George Barker, he’s settled in well and you can see he’s played at a higher level. At the other end, Lucas still wasn’t well enough to play and young George Bentley did well again. Being able to call on him enables us to get Lucas into two sessions this week and ready for next Saturday.’

‘I have promised the players who haven’t had many minutes over the past few games that they will feature in the final three games of the season and I will stay true to my word, we’re at home next Saturday and with just a few games left we need to put on a performance in front of our supporters.’

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