United smash seven past Clymping again

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DOMINIC Di Paola enjoyed a happy return to Clymping Football Club on Monday when his Worthing United side thrashed Clymping 7-1 for the second time this season.

Di Paola left Clymping to take over at United in the summer and his captain Joe Shelley netted a brace to take his tally to 12 for the season, while Billy Rayner scored two penalties as United swept aside Clymping in the second half, capitalising on home substitute Ryan Blackwood’s dismissal.

United took the lead in the 12th minute. After Clymping failed to clear a cross from Asa Nicholson, the ball dropped to Shelley who slotted past home keeper Steve May.

Clymping, who won for the first time this season last week, responded and striker Steve Duffin was rewarded for his hard work with an equaliser on 29 minutes. The ball fell to Josh Perkins following a corner and his low drive was deflected into the path of Duffin, who finished past United stopper Steven Phillips.

United regained the lead just four minutes after the break when Blackwood unluckily headed past May into his own goal after a teasing cross by Joe Stokes. The away side doubled their advantage a minute later from the penalty spot. Rayner converted after Dave Herbert was felled.

Clymping lost May to injury before Duffin had two good chances to get Darran Atkins’ side back into the game. He was twice put through on goal, with both efforts just going the wrong side of the post.

United substitute Joseph Shiel extended the lead further when he received a pass from Mitchell Hand before scoring past replacement goalkeeper Gareth Challen.

Referee David Barnard then sent-off Blackwood for an off-the-ball incident with Herbert and United pushed on to net three more goals. The lively Herbert rounded Challen to make it five before Rayner dispatched his second penalty. Shelley finished the scoring from close range to match the scoreline the last time these two sides met back in August.

Di Paola said: “We looked a little rusty in the first half with the enforced break and 1-1 at half-time was a fair result.

“Our performance was much better and we looked good in the second half as they tired as the game went on.”

United travel to Oakwood on Saturday.

UNITED: Phillips; Stokes, S.Di Paola, Bowen, Francis; Shelley, Meehan, Rayner; Hand, Moss, Nicholson. Subs: Herbert (Moss 10), Young (Bowen 25), Shiel (Nicholson 71), Castro, Aylett.