Ex-Leeds keeper Harrison Male impresses at Worthing

Worthing boss Adam Hinshelwood suspects he could lose his first-choice goalkeeper.

Harrison Male saved a late penalty while the Mackerel Men maintained their perfect away record in the Vanarama National League South.

His stop protected a lead carved out a few minutes earlier by Lewis White’s fabulous finish.

Male’s stop, as he dove right to hold a weak kick, wasn’t by any means the biggest save he’ll ever make.

But it was crucial – and Worthing celebrated accordingly as they picked up 12 points from their first four away games.

The former Leeds United youngster arrived at the start of last season after leaving Elland Road and joining Gateshead.

Male, who hails from Bridlington, is still just 21 and is listed at over 6ft 1in in shade and has settled in Sussex.

But Hinshelwood suspects he will eventually be kidnapped.

The Worthing boss said: “He’s great. We’re just waiting for someone to come and take it to a higher level.

“He does it so well.

“All the time he is with us we are very lucky to have him.

“I think if he’s two inches taller then he’s not with us now.

“He’s done phenomenally well and I think he’s enjoying playing week in and week out and it’s really helped his development.

“He’s from Yorkshire but his girlfriend lives in Three Bridges so we were lucky to have him.

“I’ll be surprised if someone doesn’t come over and make him an offer.”

Worthing added forwards Javaun Splatt and Dan Thompson to the squad as they respond to the absence of former Albion forward Jake Robinson with a knee injury for most of the season.

Splatt, who had moved over from Whitehawk, remained at St Albans as a sub.

Hinshelwood said: “It’s going to give us a couple of options at the top.

“Javaun has shown that he will add some quality and a bit more physical presence at the front, a bit of pace to run behind.

“He did well when he kept going.

“Dan will take a little longer to get up to speed, but he’s another physical presence in the final third.”

The Rebels have drawn all three home games so far but have two chances to win the first.

They are hosting Tonbridge Angels on Saturday and Cheshunt next Tuesday.

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