United move back into top three

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WORTHING United Football Club struck twice in the last 10 minutes to move back into the top three of County League Division 2 on Saturday with a 3-2 win over Midhurst.

On a pitch that was described as “only just playable” by United boss Dominic Di Paola, Barney Boutwood missed an early chance to put United in front, before Asa Nicholson lobbed the Mavericks ahead on 28 minutes.

Lewis Hyde drew Midhurst level when United could not clear their lines just before half-time, and Midhurst went ahead through Phil Churchill 15 minutes from time after a poorly-defended breakaway.

United equalised through Billy Rayner from the penalty spot five minutes later after Mitchell Hand was fouled and Charlie Oatway fired home the winner five minutes from time.

Di Paola said: It was a poor performance, the pitch was a big leveller and was only just playable.

“We had to win and it was much-needed as Bexhill are breathing down our necks.

“We couldn’t get anything going and the lads know we can play much better than that. We ground it out and to win was pleasing, Midhurst will feel they deserved at least a draw, but it’s the result that counts and it was one of those games.”

WORTHING UNITED: Phillips; Stokes, S.Di Paola, Young, Francis; Shelley, Meehan, Corkhill, Rayner; Nicholson, Boutwood. Subs: Oatway (Meehan 60), Hand (Corkhill 75), Shiel (Nicholson 85).