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Hinshelwood: We were a bit below our usual high standards

Hinshelwood: We were a bit below our usual high standards

Manager Adam Hinshelwood felt his side’s performance fell short of their usual high standard despite them adding another three points to their tally after a 1-0 win over Needham Market in the Bostik League Premier Division.

Joel Colbran’s first goal for the Mackerel Men secured the win although Worthing finished the game with 10 men after substitute Joe Clarke’s second half sending off and Hinshelwood agreed his side were not as clinical as they have been in front of goal.

‘It wasn’t a solid 1-0 performance, I felt we moved the ball well in the first half but we didn’t take the chances presented to us. Second half, they had a different game plan and made it much harder for us and then going down to ten men, it wasn’t easy but we restricted them to very little in all fairness.’

Hinshelwood felt the red card issued to Clarke was harsh and gave no fault to the young midfielder, ‘I think anywhere else on the pitch and it possibly wasn’t a red card. The referee made a very quick decision, somewhat maybe from their bench reaction and maybe should have taken some more time. We were all expecting a yellow card, so quite shocked really when he pulled out the red.’

‘This game was once again a good learning curve for these players, it’s not often we’ve played games home or away and been involved in a 1-0 game. We didn’t retain the ball as well as we normally do, that was below our usual high standards, credit to them they played much better second half and we needed to take more care with the ball.’

.Hinshelwood was impressed with the play of his front two George Barker and Ben Pope, ‘Both played very well, the link up play was excellent and the movement was just right. In effect it was a front four at times with Reece and Zack as well, the movement dropping deep from one of them and playing in the others was good to see. The only thing lacking was our composure in front of goal, we either missed the target or hit the ball straight at the keeper.

‘In those situations it’s harder for the defenders, with their team mates not being as clinical they need to remain sharp and switched on to not let the opposition in behind them, Joel and Matt alongside Sam defended well and along with Lucas ensured we kept a clean sheet.’

Hinshelwood was pleased to see midfielder Ross Edwards return to action as a second half substitute, ‘Great to have him back before the season has finished, Ross was flying before Christmas until he got that injury and he’s been patient working his way back. He proved a calming influence on the ball when he came on and we needed it at that point of the game, we are blessed with a lot of talent in that area and luckily his absence hasn’t been felt too badly.’

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