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Hinshelwood: I felt we had some good spells in this game

Manager Adam Hinshelwood was pleased with his side's performance on Wednesday evening as the Mackerel Men secured a place in the Velocity Trophy 2nd round after a narrow 1-0 win over Leatherhead.

A late David Ajiboye goal, his seventh in seven games, sealed the win to extend Worthing’s unbeaten start to the season and Hinshelwood was happy with the way his side dealt with the host’s efforts throughout the game.

‘I felt we had some good spells in this game, played some good stuff at times, Leatherhead changed their shape from last season and sat back behind the ball a bit. That in turn gave us less space to play in and when we did create chances we didn’t really make the most of them.’

‘It took a little while for us to break them down as we pressed a bit more which left us open to the counter attack and could have been a frustrating night, but ultimately we got the goal and a place in the next round and kept our run going.’

Hinshelwood felt goalscorer Ajiboye took his goal well, but believes more can come despite an already impressive scoring record.

‘David is a very talented player, as are many within this squad, but I believe he would say he’s playing in a good team.’

Hinshelwood picked out Aarran Racine’s performance as outstanding, ‘for me Aarran was superb last night. He dealt with everything that came his way including making tackles when it seemed he was nowhere near the action, he makes a huge difference with his positioning and experience he brings to this team, we’re very lucky to be able to call on him.’

Hinshelwood was also pleased with the contribution of the Hayden Skerry, Luca Cocoracchio and Jasper Pattenden who also featured for the Academy side earlier in the day.

‘It was already planned that these three would be on the bench for the first team, I think Luca played 70 minutes earlier, Hayden around 35 minutes and Jasper hit a first half hat-trick and then off on the coach to Leatherhead! It was a good experience for them to be involved after already completing minutes earlier in the day.’