The Mavericks put to the sword at Nyetimber Lane by pacy Pagham.
The Mavericks suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of a Pagham side who are looking to finish in the Top Four of the league this season. Worthing were missing several regulars and with the team continuing to gel early season our results can be expected to be inconsistent at this stage.
Pagham showed their intent from the start and created several chances forcing Worthing to defend and counter attack when the opportunity was there. Pagham took the lead in the 14th minute when French scored from close range after a fumble from the Mavericks stopper Trigwell. Worthing rallied well after this setback and started to create their own chances. A good ball in by Pat Rose was headed just over the bar by Fenelon and the same player showed good footwork on the left to force a good save from the Pagham keeper. Worthing were looking good in spells but with Pagham always dangerous going forward, it was the home side who extended their lead when Bingham scored with a crisp shot from 20 yards that took a wicked deflection. Worthing knew the next goal was going to be important and pushed forward more in an effort to pull a goal back before half time The Mavericks had a number of chances with Pat Rose most prominent in our approach play but at half time the score remained 2-0 to the home side.
Pagham 2 Worthing United 0.
Pagham got off to the start they wanted when Pamment chased a long ball and pushed the ball past Fraser Trigwell into an empty net. Pagham now played with a lot of confidence and Worthing had to work hard to stay in the game and at times exerted good pressure on the home goal without getting the reward some of their play deserved. Two further goals by Paghams Liam Humphrey's in the 77th and 78th minute put the result beyond any doubt and Worthing were licking their wounds. To the Mavericks credit they continued to play attacking football to put a more respectable look to the scoreline. In the last ten minutes we created several chances - Callum Wells did well before shooting just wide in the 84th minute and the same player did manage to score our solitary goal following a goalmouth scramble.
The team now need to look forward to the weekend when they entertain Littlehampton at Lyons Way. The positive aspects of our performances need to be built on and the results will soon start to come our way. Mark Goldson had a solid game in midfield tonight ably supported by Pat Rose. The man of the match award goes to Jack Punter for a classic display of how to play the fullback position Jack defended well, was never caught out of position and always looked to go forward to be part of our better attacking moves.