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Final Game Thriller

By Steve Huxley

Lions Tamed by Rampant United

On an afternoon that could have spelt doom for United, it was the visitors to Nyetimber lane who came away with the spoils. United started the afternoon needing Arundel to loose, and to better Shoreham's result by 5 goals. In the event, Shoreham lost 4-1 at Newhaven, and Arundel lost 6-0 to Broadbridge Heath.
To be certain of staying up, United still needed a win, and Arron Hokinson's men kept the travelling faithful on tenterhooks until the 84th minute, when Sam Willett powered home from short range to confirm the win.
It had been looking to go United's way when they dominated early play, culminating in dan Rogers giving them the lead just before the midway point in the fist half. United still looked confident when once again they failed to hold on and Pagham pulled it back to 1-1 at half time.
The second half was barely underway when Pagham's stand in keeper gave away a penalty, Sam Schaaf stepping up to score on the rebound for the second game running. United coped well kicking into the wind second half, albeit whilst also soaking up some Pagham pressure. On the hour mark, Pagham once again levelled, and at this stage it looked ominous for United as Shoreham had equalised at Newhaven. Come the hour, come the man, and with six minutes remaining, and all other results going the right way, Sam Willett pounced and kept a cool head to slot home. The entire team ran over to celebrate with the travelling fans, and a nervy 6 minutes plus 3 minutes stoppage time followed.
At the final whistle, players' joy turned to mass celebration as the results from the other games were confirmed. United live to fight another season in the Premier league, and the rebuilding work started back at Christmas continues apace.
Friday night should be another celebration as Presentation Evening happens in the Oval Bar - all are welcome from 7:30

Updated 20:34 - 27 Apr 2019 by Steve Huxley

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