Fog sets in with United two up at Lingfield

United manager John Foley
United manager John Foley

WORTHING United Football Club manager John Foley could not believe his side’s bad luck when their match at Lingfield was abandoned at half-time owing to fog on Tuesday evening.

United, who were looking for their first league win since the opening day of the season, were 2-0 up at the time, through goals from Oli Jones and Tom Donnelly, and Foley said: “You couldn’t make it up. I was absolutely devastated as we were going to win the game.

“But the referee had no choice. Before the game, it was quite foggy but it cleared just before kick-off.

“It came back just before half-time and it was unplayable from then on. Even when we left the ground, the fog was still there.

“I just have to laugh about it now but it was so devastating at the time.

“We could have gone equal on seven points with Hailsham and we play them at home on Saturday.

“We had a few young players come into the team at Lingfield and they’ve earned their place in the team for Saturday with that performance. We’ve got to make sure we perform like that on Saturday as well now.”

Jones had given United an eighth-minute lead with a fantastic strike for his first senior goal, before Donnelly got the second three minutes before half-time.

UNITED: D.Ashworth; Bishop, Rahaman, Strong, Bonetti; Jones, Gilmour, Wilson, R.Ashworth, Donnelly; Kirwan. Subs: Deadman, Doe, Burt.