SAM Schaaf’s brace on Tuesday evening helped Worthing United Football Club to a 4-2 win at home to Ringmer in County League Division 1.
United, who scored twice in the last 11 minutes at Shoreham on Saturday to draw 2-2, have moved seven points clear of the relegation zone and boss Tobi Hutchinson believes the draw at Shoreham was a turning point for his side.
He said: “It felt like a win on Saturday. We came back from 2-0 down, which gave everyone a lift and gave the team belief that they can turn a game around.
“It’s a little turning point for us and we were then superb for the first 45 minutes on Tuesday. We played with a quick tempo, moved the ball quickly and, to a man, were outstanding.”
Ringmer went ahead after five minutes through Mark Price but United levelled when Lucas Mann netted from Liam Baitup’s pass.
Sam Schaaf netted after a superb team move, which started with keeper Kieran Gillard, and involved Luis Freitas, Baitup and Tom Chapman, to give United the lead on 41 minutes.
Baitup fired home the third three minutes later and United went 4-1 up when Schaaf’s 25-yarder skidded off the surface and past the keeper.
Ringmer pulled a goal back and then put United under pressure but they stood firm to hold on to the three points.
United host St Francis on Saturday, then entertain Selsey on Tuesday.
UNITED v Ringmer: Gillard; Gathern, Head, Rowe, Freitas; Pook, Day, Chapman, Mann; Schaaf, Baitup. Subs: Agnaeze (Baitup 70), Robertshaw (Head 75), Thompson (Schaaf 85), Gilmore.