United’s missed opportunity in Chi defeat

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WORTHING United Football Club assistant manager Martyn Rea rued a massive missed opportunity for his side as they suffered a 1-0 defeat to fellow County League Division 1 strugglers Chichester on Tuesday night.

A solitary Tom Smith strike on 57 minutes, after United switched off from a throw-in, earned the visitors all three points, leaving United four points adrift at the foot of the table.

Chad Milner hit the post for the hosts in the first half, while Adam Wilds’ effort, also before the break, was tipped onto the woodwork by the visiting goalkeeper.

Rea said: “It was a tale of two halves. First and foremost, we asked for a reaction from the debacle at Redhill. We were missing a few players we could have done with, but still had a strong enough squad.

“The first 45 we were excellent and worked hard but in the second half, we did not get going.

“I thought it had 0-0 written all over it, but then we switched off from a throw-in. A momentary lapse in concentration cost us, but that’s been the story of our season.”

United still have second-from-bottom AFC Uckfield to play twice and Rea insists his side will not give up in their battle to beat the drop. He said: “We have a massive game and local derby against Shoreham on Saturday, who have slipped to third-from-bottom. We have 12 games left and we are more than capable of picking up points.”