Simon Wormull said Burgess Hill Town ‘showed a lot of character’ in their 3-2 home win over Carshalton Athletic in the Bostik Premier on Saturday.
Hill held a 3-0 lead at the break thanks to Pat Harding and a Aaron Smith-Joseph double. Peter Adeniyi and Jacob Mendy hit back for the Robins in the first half but the Hillians held on to claim their first win in four and continue their impressive home form.
Wormull said: “It was a game of two halves. We played fantastic in the first half and I think the conditions played a part in the second half.
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“We knew at 3-0 up that Carshalton would throw the kitchen sink at us but we showed a lot of character to hold on for an important three points.
“They nicked a couple of quick goals and for about ten minutes we were all over the place. We settled ourselves down and although the scoreline looked close I thought we were in control of it.
“It’s testament to the boys that we soaked up the pressure and dealt with it and finished the game strongly.”
The hosts got off to a flyer on six minutes. Harding unleashed a volley past Billy Bishop in the Carshalton goal and into the back of the net.
On 31 minutes, Hill doubled their lead through Smith-Joseph, as the winger cut inside from the right before unleashing past Bishop.
Just eight minutes later, Smith-Joseph sent Burgess Hill supporters into delirium as he pinched the ball off Adeniyi before placing his strike past Barker, to extend the Hillians’ lead.
The Robins started the second half with renewed urgency and on 53 minutes, the hosts grabbed a goal back through Adeniyi.
On 62 minutes Carshalton cut the deficit further, as Mendy capitalised on some poor defending. The visitors continued to throw everything at the hosts, but Wormull’s men held firm.
Wormull added: “My philosophy is that I want to play football and I think sometimes I have to put that aside for when we’re away.
“On Saturday we started aggressively and we went quite direct and in certain away games we need to have a plan B.
“It’s not that I’m concerned about our away form. If you look at the last three results it wasn’t down to football or tactics, it was down to energy levels and desire.”
Hillians: Bromage, Choules, Cadman, Wilson, Elphick, Richmond, Deacon, Harding, Pope (McCollin 54), Beck, Smith-Joseph (Galach 85). Unused: Kipeya, Short, Ryder.