AN injury-time Dean Gilmour penalty rescued a point for lowly Worthing United Football Club as they fought back to draw at Shoreham on Tuesday evening.
John Foley’s struggling but improving young side picked up only their fourth point of the season, despite trailing 3-1 with ten minutes remaining at Middle Road.
Ethan Scott pulled a goal back in the 80th minute, but time still appeared to be against United until Tom Donnelly went down under a challenge and Gilmour smashed in the spot-kick to end a run of 13 successive league defeats and salvage an unlikely point for United.
Despite the draw, United remain rooted to the foot of the table but are now only three points adrift of second-from-bottom Hailsham, while Shoreham moved up a place to 13th.
Mussels took the lead in the 22nd minute as John Buggy’s free kick from the right was met by Ian Cooper, who flicked his header inside the post for his second goal of the season.
United responded impressively, though, and equalised only six minutes later when Gilmour’s swerving 30-yarder gave Mussels keeper Sam Brock no chance. Mussels started the second half well and regained the lead on the hour mark. A Buggy cross was deflected behind for a corner, and, from the resultant flag-kick, Mark Zydonik powered home a header for his first Mussels goal.
Mussels went 3-1 ahead with 22 minutes left. Buggy was played through one-on-one, and clinically fired home under keeper Steve Allfrey.
United responded well and Nathan Moseby fired over a free kick, before Scott slotted home off a post to give the spirited visitors hope of a fightback. And Gilmour then had the last say to earn United a point in injury-time.
Worthing United assistant manager George Bish said: “It is a great point for us, we deserved a draw but it took until they scored for us to lift our game and play the way we can.
“It’s the first point for the team since John Foley and I came in. We’re very pleased and, although a win would have been even better, you have to start somewhere.
“We hope this result will give us the belief and confidence to kick on and we will now look to turn one point into three, starting with Ringmer at home on Saturday.”