CHRIS White hailed the visit of Brighton & Hove Albion to Woodside Road as a worthwhile exercise as he took the positives from Rebels’ performance on Tuesday night.
The Worthing boss took plenty from his side’s 3-0 defeat as they played host to Gus Poyet and a number of his first team stars.
Rebels worked hard to match their professional opponents thoughout the evening in front of a bumper crowd of 1,754, who braved the elements as the rain lashed down throughout the evening.
White said: “I think in spells we did well, we didn’t buckle under pressure, we kept to our principles and tried to play so I’m really quite pleased.
“I thought we started well, but let in some sloppy goals. The first we went to sleep at a corner and the second Alan was disappointed with. He came in and held his hands up saying he should have got it, but I’m not going to moan at him for that.”
White was also pleased with the performances of his young players who all got game time from the bench. Matt Daniel came on at half time, while Bradley Lewis, Harvey Sparks, Josh Clack and defender Nat Hubert all played a part.
“We came up against a quality side it was virtually only their injured players that weren’t out there. We also finished the game with three current youth team players and two which came up to us at the end of last year. There were five young guys out there at the end and they all did well, which is great.”
The Rebels boss was also pleased with Jamie Brotheton, who came on at half-time, and Owen Kessack, who stated at left-back.
He added: “Jamie has missed a lot of training, he had tight quads on Monday night which is why I didn’t start him, but he looked energetic and did well when he came on.
“I think he’s had a look around and seen there will be competition for places this year.
“Owen impressed me as well, I thought he did really well.”
Albion led 2-0 at half-time thanks to Adam El Abd’s opener on 24 minutes from a well-worked corner.
Kazenga LuaLua made it two six minutes later as he won the ball 25-yards out, shrugged off his man and drilled into the bottom left from range.
George Barker’s sweet strike for 12 yards wrapped things up 13 minutes from time as he left Mansfield standing in finding the bottom corner.