Worthing started the game off slowly as Hornchurch dominated the opening half an hour. Sloppy mistakes led to a number of opportunities for the visitors. However, the biggest chance of the half for either side, came in the 35th minute. Jesse Starkey showed his class; whipping in a pinpoint cross onto the head of Reece Meekums who was denied the bar.
Worthing continued their end of first half momentum into the second half. After a well-worked build up, the ball was spread out to Jasper Pattenden on the left flank. Worthing’s silky winger hadn’t had much of the ball all game, however once he cut inside onto his favoured right foot there was only going to be one outcome. Pattenden curled the ball home, kissing the post on its way in.
The game really opened up after the goal. Worthing were eager to get a second, whilst the visitors were desperate for a leveller, in game that they had competed in strongly.
In the end, the hosts weren’t able to double their slender lead – despite having chances. This cost Worthing, as they were made to rue such opportunities late on. Tom Wraight snatched a late leveller for the visitors in stoppage time; breaking Rebel hearts.
Reflecting on the game, a point a piece was a fair result. However, to let the lead slip so late will be very disappointing for the league leaders.