IT WAS Déjà Vu yet again for Worthing Football Club boss Chris White on Tuesday evening as Walton & Hersham struck twice in the last two minutes to condemn Rebels to yet another late defeat.
The 3-1 scoreline meant it was the fifth consecutive match that Rebels have conceded three and White admitted it is a much-unwanted pattern that has emerged.
Mike Huckett gave Rebels the lead on 40 minutes, but goals from Walton’s Chris Wales just past the hour mark, and then two in quick succession on 88 and 90 minutes from Bakary Bojang and Phil Williams meant more late heartbreak for Worthing, which leaves their Ryman League Division 1 South play-off hopes in tatters.
White said: “It seems we are being punished for individual errors every time at the moment. We have scored a lot of goals this year but every time we make an error we seem to concede a goal from it.
“Until their first goal went in, I only thought there was one winner in it, to be honest. Our back four on Tuesday had three 19-year-olds in it, we are crying out for experience. We have tried to get some and are still trying, but the problem is experience won’t come for what we can offer at the moment.”
Mike Huckett had given Rebels the lead just before the break as he reacted first to finish Terry Dodd’s rebounded header.
A changed formation saw Tony Timms sit in front of the back four for protection, from Chuck Martini’s attacking side, which had worked for an hour. But a quick throw saw Chris Wales nip in to equalise on 62 minutes, much to White’s frustration.
He said: “Two or three turned off, the cross came in and the ball was in the back of the net before we knew what had happened. The lack of concentration for the first was the biggest disappointment for me. Every week the word I shout most from the dugout is concentrate and we just switched off.”
For the second, John Lansdale was caught in possession and Bojang went through to score, and, as Worthing pushed for an equaliser, Williams sealed the points. White added: “John was caught in possession when he should have stuck it in row z, and then they got the third as we were chucking the kitchen sink at them.”
Worthing have an immediate chance for revenge on Saturday when Walton head to Woodside Road.
WORTHING: Di Bernardo; Lansdale, Metcalf, R.Timms, Farmer; Saunders, Huckett, T.Timms, Gedling, Lawley; Dodd. Subs: Gaskin (Huckett 80), Pulling, Charles, Peake, Smith.