Ten-man Mavericks edge crunch clash

Worthing United Football Club picked up a valuable three points in their quest for Southern Combination League Premier Division survival on Saturday.

Tuesday, 7th March 2017, 12:00 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:37 am
Matt Hards in action for Mavericks on Saturday. Picture by Derek Martin DM17310681

Rob Brown’s own-goal ten minutes from time helped Mavericks seal a 1-0 home win over second-bottom Wick.

United had to see out the final seven minutes with ten-man after Tadley Bromage was shown a second yellow card.

The win was a second in succession for Mavericks and they have taken nine points from a possible 12 in their past four league games.

United moved up two places to 14th following the victory, opening a five-point cushion between them and third-bottom Arundel in the final relegation place with nine games to go.

Mavericks manager Simon Funnell felt it was far from his side’s best performance but was pleased to take all three points.

He said: “We’ll take wins anyway we can get them at the minute.

“If we win not playing well, then so be it. At this stage of the season it’s about winning and trying to move away from danger.

“With the Hailsham game included, we’ve taken nine points from a possible 12 in the league.

“We just need to continue working and pushing in the remaining games. Our fate is in our hands, so it’s down to us to make sure we stay in this division.”

Josh Irish saw a couple of first half opportunities saved by Matthew Evans in Mavericks’ goal.

The decisive moment then came ten minutes from the end as Brown diverted into his own net.

Bromage received a second yellow card three minutes later as United were forced to see out the final minutes with ten-men.

Wick pushed for a leveller but failed to find a way through with Mavericks holding on for all three points.

United travel to fourth-bottom Peacehaven & Telscombe in the league on Saturday as they hunt a third straight league win.

WORTHING UNITED: Evans; Fuller, Bromage, Gregory; Callaghan, Robinson, Foster, Hards, Deacon; Pomeroy, Elliott. Subs: Rose (Pomeroy), Stideford (Foster), Watson (Hards), Marsh, Nagle.

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