WORTHING Football Club manager Adam Hinshelwood admitted Saturday was a learning curve for himself and his team as they exited the FA Trophy 4-0 away to Hendon.
The hosts sit third in the Ryman League Premier Division table and Hinshelwood was impressed with them, as they led 1-0 at half-time before adding three more goals in the second half.
He said: “They are a good side and, sometimes, you just have to hold your hands up and say that you’ve played against a better team.
“They are going well and it was a learning curve for the team and the management as well.
“A few of the lads are ambitious and want to play at a higher level, the same as I do, I want to manage at a higher level.
“It was a learning curve for us all as that’s the standard that we have got to get ourselves to.”
Rebels, who are 13th in the South Division, began the game well and Will Hendon hit a cross-shot wide, before Terry Dodd forced a excellent save from the Hendon keeper.
The hosts’ Chris Seeby had an effort ruled out for offside on 12 minutes, before Hendon went ahead on 19 minutes when a shot was blocked and found its way to Andre Da Costa, who rounded Rebels keeper Jack Fagan and slotted home.
Fagan denied Hendon on a couple of occasions, before Dodd saw a deflected shot saved by Hendon keeper Ben McNamara and Trevor McCreadie could not get the rebound on target.
Hendon cleared the danger when McNamara fumbled a header from Omar Bugiel after a Matt Axell corner early in the second half.
The hosts doubled their lead just before the hour when Kezie Ibe turned well and fired home from ten yards.
Bugiel headed a cross from Harvey Sparks wide and McCreadie had two efforts saved, before Hendon made it 3-0 on 71 minutes.
Ibe tapped the ball home from six yards after Fagan had kept out an effort from Leon Smith.
McNamara kept out a deflected effort from Axell and a shot from Curtis Gayler, before Hendon scored a fourth two minutes from time.
Axell tripped Lee O’Leary in the penalty area and Sam Murphy scored from the spot.
WORTHING: Fagan; Hendon, Nicholls, Heath, Hurley, Axell; Hayward, Bugiel, Sparks; McCreadie, Dodd. Subs: Dawes (Bugiel 65), Rance (Hurley 75), Berry, Gayler, Pope.