WORTHING United Football Club saw their Sussex RUR Cup run ended by division-lower Haywards Heath on Tuesday evening.
Heath ran out 4-1 winners in the clash to make it 16 straight wins in all competitions.
United have struggled in recent weeks and have now suffered three successive defeats.
United boss Nigel Geary was disappointed with the way his side gave Heath three first half goals and said: “I felt their first three goals were gifts really. They are a good side and are probably playing a division-lower than the quality of player they have.
“But it’s a similar story for us of gifting teams goals. We need to stop doing this in order to turn our form around.”
The Division 1 outfit raced into a three-goal lead before the break.
Robert O’Toole opened the scoring with a strike on 17 minutes. Matthew Geard and Joshua Bryant then netted to make it 3-0 at the break.
Titus Paterson pulled a goal back on 50 minutes but the game was all over when Daniel Turner added a fourth for Heath with 18 minutes left.
UNITED: Evans; Marsh, Curnow, Philpott, Taylor; Rose, Edwards, Fleming, Joseph; Blundell, Paterson. Subs: Wotherspoon (Blundell), Gilmour (Rose), Hall (Joseph), P.Elliott, J.Elliott.
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