National League South Sun 24 March Sussex Transport Community Stadium
  • Cashman (37', 79')
Bath City
  • Wilson (30')
  • Dyer (65')

Worthing dropped points for the fourth game in a row but rescued an important point against fellow promotion chasers Bath City.

The match, which was being televised on TNT Sports, saw two fantastic goals from the player of the game Danny Cashman cancelling out two sloppy goals from City meaning that the visitors cannot leapfrog their hosts, setting up a nervy final 6 games for the Rebels.

The game’s opening goal came in the 30th minute when Bath’s now joint top scorer (16) Scott Wilson bundled in a corner as Worthing failed to clear a rebound after Roco Rees had denied the initial header. The Rebels almost instantly replied from the kick-off as winger Joe Felix whipped in a cross which Danny Cashman nodded just wide.

Seven minutes later, Worthing found the leveller through a superb finish from Cashman following a brilliant team move involving himself, Pearce and Felix. A finely timed pass played in Felix who pulled it back to Pearce who laid off playmaker Cashman who whipped in from the edge of the area.

Whilst the rebels dominated plenty of the play, the frustration slowly crept in from the 2119 in attendance as the pattern of play seemed to be Joel Colbran to Joe Rye and then back to keeper Rees who would send a long ball, playing into the hands of the Romans’ defence.

This tension was then ramped up as 20 minutes into the second half defender Jordan Dyer crashed in a header following another corner from the visitors. Worthing’s Achilles heel for much of the season has been defending set pieces and despite being the league’s highest scorers they have the fourth worst defence conceding 65 goals in the league.

With Worthing facing a fourth defeat in a row, the energy seemed to die down from the home faithful until 11 minutes from time star man Cashman fired in an even better second, volleying in from the edge of the area after teeing himself up. The goal acted as a release for much of the annoyance in the air and seemed to give the Sussex-based side the ascendancy.

The play seemed to have an urgency about it for the final ten minutes that was slightly lacking in the previous 34 minutes of the second half, but Bath were able to show a sturdy resilience to nullify any attacking threat whilst, like with most of Worthing’s opponents, not offering much on the break.

On the stroke of the 90th minute came the moment for the Mackerel Men and a chance for the lively Cashman to complete his hattrick as substitute Dylan Fage sent in a superb cross and the number 28 flick his header wide from a few yards out.

Worthing will look to build on this as they Travel to Havant & Waterlooville next Friday whilst Bath face Weymouth.