After Saturday’s encouraging performance against league leaders, Billericay Town, the Hillians’ inconsistency away from home was Ian Chapman’s side’s downfall yet again.
Chapman was forced to make one change from Saturday’s starting line-up, with Freddie Westlake replacing Ibrahim Diallo – making his first start in a Hillians shirt. The home side started brightly, with ex-Hillians captain, Darren Budd, being allowed to orchestrate the midfield. After a couple of chances for Worthing, the first real opportunity fell to Tony Garrod, who’s effort was cleared off the line by Joel Colbran. The Rebels took the lead in the 23rd minute, when centre half, Alfie Young, poked home at the near post – following a corner. The home side continued to create chances, as they doubled their lead on 43 minutes, when Di Bernardo’s low save was met by the on-rushing Kieron Pamment, who tapped into an empty net.
Ian Chapman turned to Jack Brivio, in the 49th minute, to try and inspire some creativity throughout the Hillians. However, it was Di Bernardo who continued to be the busier of the two keepers. Lee Harding was presented with the chance to half the deficit, in the 67th minute, but his effort was blocked by Lucas Covolan. Matt Nezval & Charlie Bennett were introduced later in the second half, as the Hillians continued to press to reduce Worthing’s two goal lead. The game petered out in the last ten minutes, with the home side’s back line holding firm. It was Colbran again, who’s blocked Brivio’s effort, preventing the Hillians from troubling the scoreline.
A disappointing afternoon for the Hillians, who haven’t been able to turn good performances (against Margate, Merstham & Billericay) into more than just the 2 points that they have claimed. Fixtures come thick & fast around the festive period, as up next for the Hillians, sees Ian Chapman’s men travel to Kent, to take on play-off contenders Folkestone Invicta – on Saturday 30th December (3pm kick off).
Thank you to all supporters who made the trip to down to Worthing, and have provided the boys with brilliant levels of support over the season so far – please keep the faith, and keeping getting behind the team!