Worthing Football Club manager Adam Hinshelwood was pleased with his side's performance after a 3-1 win at Faversham Town sent the Mackerel Men into the Emirates FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round.
Goals from Darren Budd, David Ajiboye and James Crane saw Worthing into Monday’s draw and Hinshelwood was pleased with what he saw despite having to make changes to a winning team.
‘I was very encouraged to get the result we did. Having to disrupt a team that has put together some good results so far, the quality was still as good. It was certainly more like the performance I expect from the team. I thought our wide play was excellent, we delayed the ball well to allow our wing backs to get in behind and two versus one in those areas we worked well.’
‘We played very calmly from the back, sometimes just five passes it took to carve them open and give us an opportunity. Credit to Faversham though, they set out to make it hard for us, their two lads up front were a handful in the air, the goal coming from a set piece, as we expected a lot to deal with coming into our box. This year though, I feel we have more resilience in the side, there’s an extra level we can move into and take us beyond some teams.’
‘The players know what I expect from our team shape and I’ve probably bored them to death with it! But they know their role within the set up, all 20 of them, and whatever changes I have to make, I am confident they can all do a job for me and the team. I know the quality won’t drop with changes in selection, it’s part and parcel of having a good side. The players know if they start they have to make the most of their starting chances and keep hold of the shirt, they know there are plenty of games to have chances especially around Christmas and New Year when everyone needs to be on their game.’
Hinshelwood praised the contributions of midfielders Ross Edwards and Darren Budd, ‘we’re blessed to have good cover in this area, both did well coming in and Buddy scoring as well. We have Joe Clarke who hasn’t started a game yet, but has done well in all the games he’s appeared in from the bench, breaking up play, pushing balls forward.’
Hinshelwood also gave a quick update on Jazz Rance’s injury which forced him off early in the game.
‘Jazz got a whack on the hip, which has left him a bit sore and stiff, and forced us into an early change although we didn’t let it affect us, Jesse Starkey went to wing back for the first time and played well, Ricky Aguair then did well when he came on, we certainly didn’t let it cause us any disruption. It’s too early though to say whether he will be involved midweek.’