Mavericks progress past EP in RUR Cup

Paul Elliott
Paul Elliott

TWO goals late in the first half took Worthing United Football Club to a 2-0 victory at East Preston in the Sussex RUR Cup on Tuesday evening.

Mavericks made a slow start to the game as EP bossed the opening half-hour, without troubling United keeper Matt Evans.

Paul Elliott went close for United on 35 minutes when his shot was tipped on to a post by EP stopper Ben Purkis,

The Mavericks went ahead just four minutes later as Elliott cut inside and his low shot crept in under Purkis.

Sam Blundell doubled United’s lead on the stroke of half-time when he smashed the ball into the top corner.

There were few clear chances at either end in the second half as United comfortably progressed into the third round.

Mavericks will host Haywards Heath, Horsham or Hailsham in the next round.

United boss Nigel Geary said: “It was a pretty appalling performance in the first half-hour but they didn’t really get Matt Evans to make a save.

“We just kept giving the ball away and were turning down the easy pass. We were just miles off it but we got the goal and were okay after that.

“The game just petered out in the second half and it ended up being a comfortable win.

“We’ll just look to get as far as we can in this competition and the Peter Bentley Cup as well.

“If you get lucky along the way, you never know what could happen and it would be nice to get to a cup final and have the opportunity to pick up some silverware.”

Mavericks entertain Epsom Athletic in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase on Saturday.

Geary said: “They play a division lower than us, so we probably go in as favourites but we’ve got to make sure we apply ourselves in the right way as it’s a competition we want to do well in.”

UNITED: Evans; Marsh, Hasan, Curnow, Taylor; Edwards, Eastman, Rose; P.Elliott, Blundell, Callaghan. Subs: Pawsey (P.Elliott 45), Paterson (Blundell 59), J.Elliott (Curnow 72), Wotherspoon.

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