Tuesday 30th August 2022
Worthing United 2-0 Seaford Town
The club was established in 1988 as a result of a merger between two local sides - Wigmore Athletic and Southdown. The former of these was the most successful, their best season coming in 1975 when they finished in 3rd place in the Sussex County Division 1 behind Southwick and Haywards Heath. By the time of the merger too, results had tailed off and they were at the lowest ebb and they had been freshly relegated to Division 3. A mid-table debut season was followed up with the title in 1990 and following promotion, Worthing United would remain in Division 2 until 2003. That year, a runners-up spot behind Littlehampton Town earned them promotion to Division 1. They never really got going though and were relegated back in 2009, following a series of lowly finishes. They missed out on the title to Rye United by two points in 2010 but would be promoted the following year following a 3rd place finish. Another three tricky seasons were spent in Division 1 before a relegation but they bounced back in 2015 with the Division 2 title. By now, the league had been rebadged as the Southern Combination Premier Division. The club achieved their joint best-ever finish of 14th in 2016 but were relegated again in 2018. They now play in the Southern Combination D1 and haven't really looked like returning to the top tier since.
Worthing United had their best ever FA Cup Run in 2006. They won 2-1 at Banstead Athletic and followed that up with a 1-0 win at Sidley United. A 3-2 home win over Hamble was followed up with a 4-2 win over Romford before a 3-1 defeat at Maidenhead United in the 3rd Qualifying Round. The 1991/92 season saw them reach the FA Vase 3rd Round. They beat Ringmer, Selsey and Didcot Town 2-1 before losing by the same scoreline to Northwood. Local cup wins include the Sussex County Football League John O'Hara League Challenge Cup twice (both as Wigmore Athletic) and the Sussex County Football League Division Two League Cup (one under their former guise).
Both sides had endured disappointing starts to the season. Worthing United were in 16th whilst Seaford Town were in 14th. The hosts had lost all of their games, losing 3-1 at home to Forest Hill Park in the FA Vase on Saturday. They'd also lost 3-0 to Epsom & Ewell, 2-0 at Wick and 4-0 to Dorking Wanderers B. Seaford Town had also lost in the FA Vase, 2-0 at Sporting Bengal United. They'd also lost 2-1 to Epson & Ewell and 4-1 at Forest Row in the league. A brighter note was a decent 2-2 draw at Godalming Town. It was the visitors who were the better side in the opening stages, but they didn't really test the goalkeeper. Worthing United got back into it later on but there were some strong tackles going in from both sides. But still, there were no serious shots on goal. The second half opened up a bit more and a good ball across the face of the goal by the hosts was nearly turned on, but the player couldn't quite make it. The scoring was finally opened on the hour, a good run and curling shot from the edge of the area by Ryan Warr. It was the first shot of note but the Seaford keeper was unlucky as he got a hand to it. Seaford got the equaliser on 72 minutes, a free kick was headed back across the goal and headed in at the back post. For a while, it looked as if the visitors might go on to win but Worthing United came close ten minutes from time when they headed against the bar. Seaford forced a great flying save out of the Worthing keeper in injury time and it had been a really good game to watch.
Nice place to watch football at Worthing United. Currently 1-1, here was the Seaford equaliser. pic.twitter.com/jsl7FrrKj5— ⚽Russell Cox💙 (@RussWWFC) August 30, 2022
Good game, Worthing United come close, hitting the bar pic.twitter.com/Jkd7N0BHvB— ⚽Russell Cox💙 (@RussWWFC) August 30, 2022