Worthing Hockey Club captain Cirdec Atkinson praised how his side got themselves out of the dock at division-higher Gore Court in the HA Trophy on Sunday to banish a disappointing league defeat 24 hours earlier.
Having been convincingly beaten 8-2 at home to Horsham in the Kent/Sussex League on Saturday, Worthing immediately responded with a 5-2 triumph over Gore Court the following day.
Atkinson said: “It was very disappointing on Saturday, in the first half they had 10 minutes when they made it so we were up against it. And in the second half a 15-minutes spell where they completely took it away from us. Four goals in the 15 minutes killed it off, although we had started brightly in both halves.
“They were a much-improved team and they’ll be one to beat this season, without doubt.
“I made a point of saying after the game we had a opportunity to rectify things straight awayin the Trophy, rather than waiting a week and dwelling on it.
“We did that and I was very pleased as they are a league above us.”
Against Horsham, having gone three goals behind, Michael Gubbins pulled a goal back before the break. The visitors crashed in four more in the second half, although Atkinson netted a consolation.
On Sunday it was quite a different story as Rob Lowe, Gubbins and Andy Moore put Worthing 3-0 up within 20 minutes.
The hosts pulled one back just before half-time, but Atkinson and Moore completed the scoring inbetween another Gore Court goal after the break.