Chi Go Top With Big Win At Worthing
Worthing United 1-7 Chichester City
No.10 Dave Herbert and No.9 Scott Jones both bagged hat-tricks for City on Saturday (Picture: Tommy McMillan)
City strikers Scott Jones and Dave Herbert both hit hat-tricks in an emphatic win that sent Miles Rutherford's side top of the SCFL premier division.
When the teams met at the beginning of the month at Oaklands Park Jones scored three second half goals to get his team out of trouble after they had trailed 3-1 at the break. This time the hat-trick came in the first 45.
Jones' bagged his seventh goal in four games after five minutes latching on to a pass from Dan Watts with a deft touch before tucking the ball past the advancing keeper Kieran Sills.
And Sills had to have his wits about him moments later to tip Dan Hegarty's fierce shot over the bar. Jones tried a spectacular overhead from the resulting corner and then set up Rob Hutchings but his drive was deflected.
At the other end City skipper Jack Lee did well to ward off danger posed by Lindon Miller as the hosts pressed and Ant Ender intercepted a cross from Pat Rose intended for Deji Alabi.
The visitors went close through Lorenzo Dolcetti with a long range effort. Ruben French also wasn't far off when he ghosted in to meet a well-delivered free-kick.
Next Jones headed narrowly wide before Sills somehow managed to turn a Dolcetti shot round the post.
All this City pressure paid off on the half hour mark when Jones got on the end of a corner with a header to double the lead.
And then with five minutes to go to half-time the in-form forward completed the perfect hat-trick with his right foot this time after Herbert flicked the ball into his path
Herbert had Chi's first chance after the interval when he collected a pass from Hutchings only for his attempt to drift wide. Jones was next off target with another header before the No.9 was part of an intricate move involving Watts and Hutchings that was eventually broken up.
Worthing's Jamie Stideford forced a save out of Ender following a Jahobi Maher corner. Maher, who scored both goals in the 2-1 win against Pagham the previous week, had proved a real handful in his debut game at Oaklands earlier in September.
Herbert made it 4-0 on 65 minutes making the most of a mishit backpass after Kieran Hartley won an outstanding tackle in midfield.
Dolcetti drifted past a number of players barely sixty seconds later but there was no real power in his shot.
Then Hartley skewed an effort over the bar.
City subs Tafadszwa Kanjanda and Drew Smith, on for Jones and Hegarty, linked up nicely down the left hand side and Hartley was in the right place at the right time to capitalise on an error by Sills to grab the fifth with quarter of an hour to go.
Miller tested Ender on 77 minutes but the Chichester keeper got himself behind the ball before Kanjanda won the visitors a penalty that Herbert converted calmly.
Rutherford brought summer signing Ryan Peake on for the last ten minutes and the former Arundel player, recovering from an ACL injury, was soon in the thick of things.
Herbert's hat-trick came in the 85th minute with a typically classy finish after good work by Kanjanda.
Mo Shuga'a caught Ender out with a late consolation for the Mavericks.
After the game Chichester coach Danny Potter said, “Full credit to Worthing today. There are a lot of young, promising players at this club. They caused us all sorts of problems at our place earlier in September. We knew that they had certain threats, so we've worked hard in preparation for the match.
“We're delighted with the result today and pleased for Scott Jones and Dave Herbert both getting hat-tricks. We'd like to think we can look exciting going forward on our day. We've got games coming thick and fast now and keeping the squad fit and together is what we're aiming to do now.”
The side struggled on the road at the start of the season but are now unbeaten in three away games on the spin.
City's next two matches are away. They travel to Three Bridges on Tuesday 26th September (7:45pm kick off) and Littlehampton on Saturday 30th September (3pm kick off)
Chichester – Ender, Watts, Lee, Martin, Hartley, Hegarty, French, Dolcetti, Hutchings, Herbert, Jones (Subs: Kanjanda, Smith, Peake, Way)
Worthing United – Sills, Nagle, Shuga'a, Ubah, Fuller, Stideford, Deacon, Rose, Miller, Maher, Alabi (Subs: Moulton, Blundell, Horne, Currie, Evans)