Mavericks complete a ‘perfect’ season

Worthing United celebrate their Division 2 Challenge Cup victory
Worthing United celebrate their Division 2 Challenge Cup victory
  • The Mavericks completed the league and cup double with their Division 2 Challenge Cup triumph
  • Nigel Geary’s side will now prepare for life in the County League Division 1 next season

WORTHING UNITED Football Club completed the league and cup double with a comfortable if underwhelming victory over Wick & Barnham in the County League Division 2 Cup final on Monday.

Having won the league title by 14 points, Mavericks lifted the cup to round off what manager Nigel Geary described as a “perfect” first season in charge.

For a showpiece final between these two promoted powerhouses, a highly entertaining encounter was widely expected but the contest was low on quality.

Mavericks were victorious with two goals in a two-minute spell early in the first half.

Wayne Joseph, who scored both goals in United’s 2-1 win over Mile Oak in the semi-final, put the champions ahead in the 14th minute. It was a scruffy strike entirely in keeping with what was to follow as the winger’s harmless looking daisy cutter took an unfortunate bobble and crept in under Wick keeper Mark Pedrick.

Worthing United doubled their lead inside a minute when Sam Blundell latched onto a through ball and slotted in from the edge of the penalty area for his 29th goal of a prolific season.

Mavericks’ Jacob Schilt then had a strike chalked out for offside and Blundell’s swivel and volley off the bar was a rare moment of quality as both sides went through the motions.

Wick were unable to muster even a sniff of a chance in response. The closest they went was through substitute Joe Matthews, who lashed a shot across goal from a tight angle on the hour mark.

That was the final action of a substandard final but, despite a below-par performance from his side, Geary was just delighted to have sealed the double.

He said: “I said to the players beforehand that good sides win titles, great sides win doubles so, although this was probably one of our poorest games and the performance was not good, getting our name on that cup is all that matters.

“Scoring early was key as they had to change their approach and then we were just able to get through it while not being at our best but we did enough.

“It’s the perfect season for me in my first year as manager here. We’ve got a great bunch of players and already we’re raring to go for next season.”

WORTHING UNITED: Grimstone; Gilmour, Philpott, Hasan, Taylor; Edwards, Hayward; Joseph, Schilt, P.Elliott; Blundell. Subs: Wotherspoon (Elliott 73), Hunt (Schilt 83), O’Regan (Blundell 87), Stideford, Evans.