United sunk by late strikes at Mullets

Ryan Bradley nets for Worthing United against Newhaven on Saturday
Ryan Bradley nets for Worthing United against Newhaven on Saturday

WORTHING United Football Club conceded twice late on to lose 3-1 at Arundel in County League Division 1 on Tuesday.

United went ahead with only three minutes on the clock as the industrious Wayne Joseph crossed from the right, only for the unfortunate Dave Hall to deflect the ball into his own net past the flailing James Fernandes in the Mullets goal.

After a frenetic first period, perhaps it was expected that the second half was a more sedate affair, although Dan Turner should have doubled United’s lead in the 58th minute, with his chip all too easy for Fernandes.

The game changed in the 62nd minute as the hosts took a long free kick that saw the referee initially give a free kick to United, only to change his mind, book Lee Denyer and award a penalty for reasons that seem a mystery. Scott Tipper’s spot-kick was saved by McCarthy with his legs but Arundel found new impetus.

After 73 minutes, substitute Jerry Manning’s superb through ball found Herbert, who poked softly beyond McCarthy to level the scores.

Mullets then took the lead in the final minute of normal time as Nathan Da Costa jinked his way down the right wing and pulled the ball back to Liam O’Connor, who rifled into the top left-hand corner.

The Arundel cake was iced in the second minute of stoppage time when Herbert once again evaded his markers on the left, cut inside and drilled under McCarthy to seal the points.

Mavericks joint boss Lloyd Saunders commented: “It was disappointing since we got the early goal and possibly should have gone two up just afterwards. The second half we didn’t come out of the changing room.

“We’ve got quality in the squad but we defended very poorly tonight.”