WORTHING United Football Club bounced back from two heavy defeats with a hard-fought 1-1 draw away to Selsey on Saturday.
United had lost their previous two games 10-1 and 8-0 but United head coach John Foley was pleased with his side’s showing on Saturday as they included a number of new faces.
Chad Milner has re-joined the club from Shoreham and netted Mavericks’ goal, while Jamie Stideford has returned to the club after a year travelling and keeper Damien McCarthy, defender Adam Matthews and Declan Jenkins, who came off the bench, also made their debuts.
Milner gave bottom-of-the-table United the lead with what Foley called a ‘Thierry Henry-esque finish’ on 17 minutes. He latched on to Ethan Scott’s through ball, rounded the keeper with a drop of his shoulders and tapped into the empty net
Milner went close to doubling his side’s lead when his effort from the edge of the area clipped a post, before Scott hit the bar with a cross five minutes before half-time.
The hosts levelled in the final minute of the half through Rob Wimble and United then had to defend resolutely to keep hold of the point in the second period.
McCarthy made a couple of excellent stops and sub Joey Bishop brilliantly headed one Selsey effort off the line.
United had one clear opportunity in the second half but Oli Jones, who did well to get his header on target, was denied by the Selsey keeper.
Foley said: “I think the result will have surprised a few people.
“It was a bit of a battle in the second half and it was a bit backs-to-the-wall but we defended resolutely, which is something we had been lacking.
“Chad got a great goal, the way he finished it was very Thierry Henry-esque and if he can get ten goals between now and the end of the season, it might keep us up.
“Although results haven’t been going for us, we’re improving, while other teams have been dropping off.
“I’m looking to finish third from bottom as that could be enough to keep us up, although second from bottom might as well. I just want to finish anywhere other than bottom.”
United travel to Rye United on Saturday and then head to Lingfield on Tuesday.
UNITED: McCarthy; Matthews, Stideford, Rahaman, Bonetti; Gilmour, R.Ashworth, Hughes, Scott, Kirwan; Milner. Subs: Jones, Bishop (Scott, Bonetti 70), Jenkins (Stideford 80), Wilson.