Manager Adam Hinshelwood was delighted with the performance of his Worthing side on Saturday as they caused an FA Cup upset by defeating National League South outfit Chelmsford City 2-1.
Two goals from summer signing James Crane either side of a Chris Whelpdale equaliser gave the Mackerel Men a memorable win and a place in the 3rd Qualifying Round draw on Monday lunchtime and Hinshelwood was keen to stress his side didn’t look out of place against higher league opposition.
‘I was really pleased with our performance throughout the game. Chelmsford lined up as expected, 4-3-3, and they made it hard for us to play our way out from the back as we like to do. On the other side of it, that meant a lot of 3 vs 3 for us at the other end of the pitch, a really good test for us especially having changed our shape.’
‘We had looked at how influential Rob Swaine was for them so we worked on a way to keep him out of the game, to free up some space in the box on set pieces, Joel (Colbran) had a chance from that very situation and thats how we got our two goals, it worked very well for us.’
‘It certainly was backs to the wall once we were in front, it was interesting to watch how much quicker and clever mentally they were, anticipating things better, things you get from being a level higher, very much a great test for us considering I believe our average age on the pitch was just 22 years old.’
‘I enjoyed the tactical battle I have to say, both teams switching players and formations around to counter the other. We definitely have the potential to get to this level, the players just need to keep learning and progressing as they are. It is a big jump from the Bostik Premier to the National League South, but one I feel we can make.’
Hinshelwood conceded his side are not yet playing at full pelt and there is still more to come despite some very impressive results so far.
‘We’ve done ok so far, we’re still not firing on all cylinders yet. We’re trying different shapes to make us more adaptable, today we played with a four at the back, Will Miles and Danny Barker did well in that central position. It’s pleasing to see that when we make personnel changes from the bench they have made an impact, Ricky Aguair did very well coming on as an example, we have the players to make a difference and a contribution when they play.’
Hinshelwood was full of praise for Crane and his goalscoring efforts, but believes more is also still to come from him.
‘Craney came up with two perfectly timed goals, it’s something extra he brings for us, goals from defenders. I always noticed at Bognor it’s a huge part of his game and I think we can get even more out of him, he’s good in the air and the way we play gives him the space to arrive almost unnoticed at the far post.’
Hinshelwood isn’t fazed by the names in the hat for the 3rd Qualifying Round draw and is happy whoever comes out against Worthing.
‘I don’t think it can get much tougher than what we faced at Chelmsford, we enjoyed that one and we’ll take whoever we’re drawn against, easy or tough any side will present us with issues which we have to prepare fully against to ensure we’re not caught out.’