Steyning Town boss Richard Whittington has told his team Saturday’s display in a 7-1 defeat to Worthing United was ‘unacceptable’
Town were outclassed in their John O’Hara League Cup opener as they suffered a second half capitulation, and Whittington blasted ‘silly mistakes’.
He declared: “It was embarrassing and totally unacceptable. The scoreline flattered Worthing a bit but there was no doubt we deserved to lose with the way we defended. Our heads went down and we allowed Worthing to run riot. We weren’t at full strength but that’s not an excuse as I expected the players who came in to do a job.
“I’m not going to dwell on it though, it was a freak result and now we have to make up for it against Eastbourne. It might even turn out to be a positive as it may act as a wake-up call for some players to realise that pre-season is over and the serious business has started. I’m looking for a big performance from the players.”
Steyning had the better of the opening opportunities, but once Grant Thetford’s lob put United 1-0 up, it was quickly followed by an unfortunate Gareth Dutton own goal before Tommy Donnelly’s opportunistic strike made it 3-0.
Thetford added a fourth early in the second half, and although Phil Williamson pulled one back when he capitalised on some hesitant defending, it was a mere consolation as Leroy Kryenhoff, Dan Azimi and Dom Shepherd completed the rout.