A brace of strikes in the final five minutes helped Worthing United Football Club to an impressive 5-3 Southern Combination League Premier Division victory at rivals Arundel last night.
Chamal Fenelon’s double and efforts from Dean Gilmour, Mark Goldson and Adrian Todd helped Mavericks fightback from 2-1 down to come out on top in an eight-goal thriller.
United manager Nigel Geary believes this performance showcases what his side are capable of going forward.
He said: “I thought we were brilliant. At half time I was fuming and I told the players that after giving a silly goal away.
“Full credit to my lads, we took another knock and went 2-1 down but from then we gritted our teeth, got back in it and I thought we were superb.”
After bossing the early stages and only being kept out by some wonder-saves from Mullets goalkeeper James Fernandes, Gilmour gave his side a deserved lead.
Ryan Peake could only head to Gilmour and he thundered home a 25-yard screamer on 40 minutes.
Mullets were back level a minute before the break as Rory Biggs dispossessed Dave Marsh before firing past Fraser Trigwell.
The turnaround was complete three minutes after the interval as debutant Brad Lewis cut in from the left and nestled a left-foot store into the bottom corner.
Mavericks were handed a lifeline eight minutes later when Cameron Elder was adjudged to have handled Goldson’s cross. Fenelon sent Fernandes the wrong way to make it 2-2. A crazy spell was then complete on the hour as Fenelon outmuscled Ryan Peake before slotting past Fernandes.
Mavericks were pegged back once again seven minutes later with Harry Russell’s long-distance strike squirming under Trigwell.
Arundel looked the more likely in the closing stages before an incredible final five minutes.
Goldson’s 25-yard thunderbolt found the top corner three minutes before the end.
He then turned provider two minutes into stoppage-time, picking out Todd with a cross. He took a touch and rifled home to hand Mavericks earned an emphatic win.
WORTHING UNITED: Trigwell; Marsh, Bromage, Stideford, Callaghan; Foster, Gilmour; Todd, Rose, Goldson; Fenelon. Subs: Hards (Rose), Punter (Gilmour), Gritt, Wells (Fenelon), Buckland.
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