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John Ballantyne
Ian Banks

Rupert Brown

Brian Gear

Jan Knott

Dave Rayner

Dave Tadd

On the face of it, this was another heavy defeat but, after 25 minutes, we were 2-1 in the lead!

Colin again managed the team and took us through a good warm-up beforehand.

We started brightly but didn’t really test their keeper before they scored from a hard shot in off the post.  Our heads didn’t drop, however, and some good passing led to a fine goal from Rupert.

Five minutes into the second half it got better when Ian, with his back to goal played the ball to Rupert out wide, then moved onto the return pass and found the net.  A well-deserved goal as he worked hard all game. And then ..

Worthing scored two quick goals to make it 2-3 but we weren’t out of it.  At any rate, not until the sin bin!  We had been penalised a number of times for tackles from behind and, on the fifth occasion, as decreed by WFA rules, the referee issued a two-minute sin-bin to John.  Unlucky for John as it was his first offence, m’Lud, but it is a totting up procedure, so he trudged to the touchline.  Down to five men, we couldn’t cope with them and they scored two more in that time.

By that time, we looked like a demoralised team and conceded another before the end.  Worthing also had a man sin-binned – a team punishment for five running offences – but by that time they were well in the lead made it clear they would make no attempt to push forward, but just play it around at the back.

Again, the scoreline was flattering to our opposition, and for our players in this age group it was a better performance.  It should also be noted that all bar one of this 65+ squad was actually 70+, whereas none of Worthing’s players were!

We keep fighting!