WORTHING FC exited the Sussex Senior Cup at the second-round stage 3-1 at home to County League East Grinstead on Tuesday evening.
Rebels boss Chris White was disappointed with his side’s defending and said: “We gave away very poor goals and haven’t defended as a team. It’s not all about playing pretty football and it’s very disappointing to go out.
“We made six or seven changes to the team and it shows just how important the players who didn’t play are.”
Ryan Watts’ deflected free kick gave Grinstead a 41st-minute lead.
Worthing pushed for an equaliser in the second half and went close on several occasions. Jamie Brotherton volleyed over, Mike Huckett headed against the bar and Paul Kennett had two efforts scrambled off the line, before they levelled on 73 minutes.
The ball fell for Shaun Charles on the edge of the penalty area and he turned brilliantly and fired home into the top corner from 20 yards.
Grinstead regained the lead five minutes later through Sam Cane’s downward header and Jez Tobin sealed the win on 86 minutes.
WORTHING: Ruddy; Pulling, Hurley, Franks, Metcalf; Lawley, Kennett, Lansdale, Huckett, Charles; Brotherton. Subs: Gedling (Franks 26), Davies (Metcalf 39), Clack (Huckett 79), Budd, Manton. Att: 96.