Manager Adam Hinshelwood was extremely delighted with his team's performance after his Worthing side made it into the Emirates FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round after defeating Moneyfields 3-2.
Goals from Aarran Racine, David Ajiboye and Ollie Pearce put the Mackerel Men into the hat for Monday’s draw and the potential chance to draw a National League club whilst being one game away from the 1st Round Proper.
Despite ‘keeper Lucas Covolan suffering a broken arm, Hinshelwood was upbeat about his side’s efforts coming so soon after Wednesday night’s win over Sussex rivals Lewes.
‘It was certainly a very physical game which we expected, that really suited them and we had to tell the players at half time not to get too sucked into that. We needed to retain our focus on playing our own game and get the result.’
‘Having Aarran back today was massive for us, his experience which stood up against their front line, also packed with talent and brains, was a big plus and really helped us get a positive result and also popping up with a goal was a bonus.’
‘The great thing I’m finding is this squad, and it is a squad, have an understanding whichever eleven I pick they do the right job. It’s evident there is no ‘me’ or ‘I’ in our group and it’s wonderful to coach. Take Ricky (Aguair) for instance, worked his socks off on Wednesday night and I felt a rest for him today was needed, that allowed us to go two up top in Ollie (Pearce) and Callum (Keely), meaning we could bring David (Ajiboye) in as a wide man and keep away from them trying to compact the middle of the pitch. It’s what good teams have to be able to change formations before and during games.’
Hinshelwood revealed how the support from the terraces was just as vital as the performance on the pitch on the way to victory.
‘The noise the fans made just before we came out at 3pm really inspired us. We didn’t need any music on nor say very much, we just listened. I’ve never known another non league club to really take over a home ground as the away support, it was brilliant and the players really appreciated it as much as I did.’
Hinshelwood gave a quick update on Covolan’s injury after spending some time at the hospital with the unfortunate keeper.
‘Lucas has fractured the radius bone in his arm, the hospital were happy with it not to need an operation, but it will require six weeks in plaster and possibly six further weeks before a return to action. We will look out for a loan signing to cover the period, although we rate our young keepers we need to protect them given where we sit progression wise so we’ll get our heads together on that one.’
‘I’m looking forward to the draw on Monday, one game away from the 1st Round means there will be no easy games of course, we’ll take whatever comes home or away, we’ve done well so far in our away games so that won’t phase us at all, but we have league games to play before the next cup game will come around so our focus and concentration will be on that.’