Tooting Relegation Worries Grow With Defeat At Worthing

Article by Official TMUFC

A totally forgettable game was played out at Worthing yesterday afternoon in which the Terrors failed to have a single effort on target during the entire 90 minutes. 

And as if any salt needed rubbing into the wounds, Worthing didn’t create too much themselves either; the home side’s goals all came from sweeping, fast paced counters after Tooting had carelessly surrendered possession of the ball.

The first Worthing goal came in just the 3rd minute when Chace O’Neill failed to find his intended target when he attempted a fairly straight forward pass, in a central position, to Reis Stanislaus, inside the Worthing half. The ball was intercepted and quickly swept out wide on Tooting’s left to Kieron Pamment, who cut in, shot across the face of goal, and past Matte Pierson, to give the home side an early lead.

The remainder of the first half was pretty much a non event. Tooting’s best spell probably came in the closing 10 to 15 minutes in which two opportunities were created. The first came following a Terrors throw in deep in Worthing territory. The ball was played back out wide by Chace O’Neill to Peter Wedgeworth on the left, who sent a perfect low cross, across the face of goal, where it was met 2 yards out by Isaiah Jones, however under pressure from his defender, he was only able to push his effort wide of the upright. The second opportunity for Tooting to draw level cane about 5 minutes before the break. Reis Stanislaus did well to disposes the centre back on the edge of the Worthing penalty area and win possession ,however as he came clear with the ball, he rushed his effort and blasted it high over the crossbar with just the ‘keeper to beat. H

Eleven minutes into the second period, Worthing doubled their lead. Again it was a move that started in their own half after Tooting had lost possession. Matt Drage failed to deal with the danger as the ball was played long into the right hand side of Tooting’s penalty area before it was then played across the middle and turned in by Harvey Sparks. The third Worthing goal came in the 73rd minute. Peter Wedgeworth did well to win the ball with a very strong tackle deep inside the Terrors half but then immediately possession was given up as it was played long down the left hand side with not a Tooting playing in sight. Once again Worthing countered quickly, and were on the attack, this time the beneficiary was Reece Myles-Meekums. There was one final half chance in the closing stages for Tooting to get onto the score sheet when substitute Elijah Simpson managed to connect with a Peter Wedgeworth corner, however he was only able to assist the ball over the crossbar. 

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