Melia at the treble in vital derby victory

Jonno Melia netted a hat-trick in Lancing's win against Worthing United
Jonno Melia netted a hat-trick in Lancing's win against Worthing United
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LANCING Football Club secured a vital victory in their quest for Division 1 survival with a convincing win over already doomed local rivals Worthing United on Monday.

Lancers moved level on points with free-falling Selsey but out of the bottom three owing to their superior goal difference, thanks to a Jonno Melia hat-trick.

Lancing’s survival hopes are in their own hands and they will ensure Division 1 football for next season with victory over Shoreham on May 3.

The home side found a way through just before the half-hour mark as Jared Rance cut in from the left and his well-struck drive took a deflection off Dan Rahaman and flew into the top corner.

Shortly after half-time, Melia drilled home from a tight angle.

On 55 minutes, Jake Mills’ strike from distance was parried out by the stopper, but the ball rebounded to Melia who rifled in off the crossbar.

United got a goal back on the hour when substitute Nathan Bowen headed in a Oliver Perkins corner.

Chances came and went at both ends, before Melia completed his treble five minutes from time when he ran through and poked home a finish under the keeper.

Lancing manager Richard Whittington said: “I’m pleased with the win, it was a bit scrappy sometimes and they were difficult to break down but we played some nice football and always look a threat going forward.”

United head coach John Foley said: “It was so much better than Saturday, although that isn’t saying much, but we have a very young squad who never give up and always give me 100 per cent, which is all you can ask as a manager.”

Full report and reaction in this week’s paper.