Worthing United were dumped out of the SCFL Division 1 Cup at the weekend after a 5-0 drubbing from Bexhill United, but caretaker boss Bill Clifford says the priority for the side is moving up the league table, report the West Sussex Gazette.
United, who have been without a permanent manager since September, came into the tie off the back of two league wins on the bounce but had lost 8-1 to Bexhill earlier in the season. A steady first half saw Worthing go into the break just a goal behind, but the two up top for Bexhill proved too much to handle, and even earned praise from Clifford, who described them as ‘a class apart’.
Jack Shonk had put the travelling side ahead in the opening 20 minutes before strike partner Jack McLean doubled the lead in the opening minute of the second half. Another quick fire goal from Shonk sealed the win and signalled damage limitation for Worthing. McLean added to his tally before Shonk completed his hat trick, but despite the scoreline, Clifford was pleased with his players.
He said: “The performance was decent, our priority right now is to move up the league table. We had a few players out, one through suspension and others through work commitments, so we took a decision to rest those feeling niggles and give some of the fringe players a game and to be fair.
“I thought the guys who went out and wore the shirt were excellent.”
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