Worthing boss Adam Hinshelwood criticised his side’s ‘carelessness’ in possession on Saturday after a 2-1 defeat at home to Bishop’s Stortford.
Sam Robbins’ header and Nicholas Brown’s one-on-one goal secured a win for the visitors at Woodside Road, despite Sam Rents scoring yet another free kick late on.
Worthing dropped to fifth in the Bostik League Premier Division after just their second league defeat of the season but are only five points behind leaders Dorking, with four games in hand.
Hinshelwood had some stern words for his side after they lost their second game in a row, following their FA Trophy loss at Bedford Town the previous week.
He said: “I thought we were disappointing today, really disappointing. We were careless in possession.
“We’re an expansive team that likes to keep the ball and if we’re going to play that way we’ve got to be better on the ball. We turned over the ball way too often in possession when we were unopposed.
“We’ve got the personnel to play well and we’ve got some good footballers but we can’t give the ball away as cheaply as we did.
“Stortford will be happy with their performance. They came and made it difficult for us and they limited us to a few chances. I thought it was quite even with the chances in the game but as an away side they’ll be happy with that.
“We’ve played a good side today but choosing man of the match for us must have been difficult. I thought their right-back was excellent, it’d be much easier choosing a man of the match from them. That’s the telling story of the game.”
Hinshelwood added keeper Kleton Perntreou needed to be stronger for Stortford’s first goal, after he made an excellent save in the first half.
Worthing’s boss said: “He made an unbelievable save to keep us in the game but he’ll be disappointed with the first goal, he needed to be stronger.
“He just got into a bad position and got trapped - he was a bit weak in my opinion. Maybe you’d get a foul on the goalkeeper on another day but it wasn’t to be today.”
After a slow start in horrible conditions, Worthing began the second half brightly and Alex Parsons and Ricky Aguiar both went close.
Robbins headed home a corner to put Stortford ahead on 65 minutes, before Worthing went close when Callum Kealy struck a post.
The visitors went 2-0 up when Aguiar’s misplaced pass allowed Brown to run through and score on 79 minutes.
Rents pulled a goal back with a free kick but the visitors held on to win.
WORTHING: Perntreou, Parsons, Rents, Budd, Crane, Miles, Meekums, Clarke, Kealy, Aguiar, Starkey. Subs: Cocoracchio (Budd), Rance (Starkey), Ovenden, Pattenden, Skerry. Att: 846.
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