Stags crash back down to earth

Worthing 3 Midhurst 0

Sussex League division two

Following a good run of form and results both sides entered the game with in a buoyant mood.

However, the Stags were soon given a reality check by a well drilled Worthing team.

Midhurst had four injuries but still fielded a strong line up and started brightly with Luke Sheldrick hassling the Worthing back line.

Any hope of getting ahead soon faded as Worthing got into their rhythm, attacking fluidly and defending as a robust unit.

Following a disallowed goal, Worthing deservedly took the lead as their midfielder ran onto a through ball and slotted under Dan Roberts.

Other than a cross from Gary Norgate which fizzed across the face of goal, all the other chances fell to Worthing who failed to convert them.

Although the Stags were woeful in the first half they came out in the second knowing one goal could change it all.

They proceeded to have their best spell of play with consistent pressure on the Worthing goal, none of which materialised in a goal.

With the Stags pushing forward it was only a matter of time before Worthing caught them on the counter attack. With 20 minutes to play the Worthing striker cut in from the right and hit a shot which deflected in.

With the Stags’ heads down, schoolboy defending saw them concede a third, as the left back blasted into the top corner from 15 yards.

Midhurst boss Norgate, said: “The lads really let themselves down. They had an opportunity to show their quality against the top team in the league and for what ever reason they just didn’t turn up.

“It was by far our worst performance of the season and we’ll have to buck up our ideas.”