WORTHING Football Club suffered a 4-3 defeat at home to Walton Casuals on Tuesday (September 11) in Ryman League Division 1 South.
It was a scrappy first 15 minutes as both sides struggled to string passes together. Casuals settled quicker with right winger Sol Patterson-Bohner looking dangerous every time he got the ball, giving left-back Owen Kessack a torrid evening.
The visitors twice went close and had an effort ruled out for offside, before taking the lead on the half-hour through Patterson-Bohner as he out-paced and out-muscled Kessack down the right before neatly chipping the advancing Mansfield, although it could well have been a mishit cross.
Casuals scored their second eight minutes later as Kessack was once again faced with Patterson-Bohner’s heels, he crossed to Liam Holden who slotted home from 12 yards past the helpless Mansfield.
Kessack was put out of his misery and replaced by impressive youth-teamer Nat Hubert, but Casuals still managed to score a third as a corner was allowed to pinball inside the six-yard box before Patterson-Bohner poked home his second from a yard a minute into added time.
Worthing started the second half a little brighter and could have pulled one back on 51 minutes, had Paul Kennett’s shot from a corner not gone the wrong side of the post.
A double Worthing substitution paid immediate dividends as Tom Lawley was tripped in the penalty box and fellow replacement Scott Kirkwood sent Gareth Williams the wrong way to give the home side a ray of hope in the 72nd minute.
Rebels saw that ray of hope dim somewhat in the 80th minute as Holden, who looked offside, ran through and placed the ball under Mansfield to restore the three-goal cushion, but Rebels immediately went up the other end to pull another goal back as Kirkwood headed home his second from under the bar a minute later.
With two minutes remaining, Nick Sullivan scored from a yard after a strong run down the left from Lawley, to make the Walton bench nervous, but it proved to be too little, too late, for Chris White’s men as they went down to their third defeat on the trot.
Rebels boss White said: “I suppose I can’t fault the effort in the second half, but you can’t concede four goals in this league and expect to get something from the game. We have almost the same back four as last season who were keeping clean sheets for fun, but we have to realise that defending is a whole team thing.”
Rebels are at Heybridge Swifts in the FA Trophy preliminary round on Saturday.
WORTHING: Mansfield; Metcalf, Hurley, Woodburn, Kessack; Brotherton, Kennett, Huckett, Gedling, Reece; Sullivan. Subs: Hubert (Kessack 40), Kirkwood, Lawley (Huckett, Gedling 70), Daniel, Tipper. Att: 98.