Easter Monday football: Worthing and Eastbourne Borough record vital National League South wins

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Worthing and Eastbourne Borough are battling at opposite ends of the National League table – but both did their causes no end of good with Easter Monday victories.

A Brad Dolaghan double gave the Rebels their second win of the weekend as fellow play-off hopefuls Hampton and Richmond were beaten 2-0 at Woodside Road – putting Aarran Racine’s men up to fourth and looking ever more likely to claim a play-off spot.

At the other end of the standings, Eastbourne Borough won 2-0 at the home of relegation rivals Dartford thanks to a Yahya Bamba double. The three points take Borough above the Darts in the table and out of the bottom four – although one of the sides now in the bottom four, Taunton, have three games in hand, so Adam Murray’s men have plenty more points to secure.

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The Sussex game of the day came in the Isthmian premier division at Horsham, who beat Bognor 5-4 to stay well in the hunt for a play-off place.

Worthing have had a six-point Easter weekend to reinvigorate their play-off push | Picture: Mike GunnWorthing have had a six-point Easter weekend to reinvigorate their play-off push | Picture: Mike Gunn
Worthing have had a six-point Easter weekend to reinvigorate their play-off push | Picture: Mike Gunn

SEVEN goals came in a mad firist half when James Hammond (2), Shamir Fenelon, Jack Strange and Daniel Ajakaiye all hit the target for the Hornets and Dan Gifford and Tommy-Lee Higgs replied for the Rocks. Higgs made it 5-3 in the second half then Gifford made the Hornets sweat with the Rocks’ fourth.

Hastings United are pushing themselves back into the play-off hunt in the same division – they won 2-1 at home to Folkestone thanks to first half goals by Davide Rodari, a minute into the game, and John Ufuah. The Us are now just five points off the play-off places.

Lewes and Whitehawk drew 1-1 at the Dripping Pan, with the Rooks’ Marcus Sablier cancelling out a Charlie Walker goal.

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In the Isthmian south east division, Chichester City’s incredible run continued with a 2-0 win at home to Littlehampton – Josh Clack and Jimmy Wild securing City’s eighth straight win and ninth straight clean sheet. They’re now six points ahead of Lancing, who are the first side outside the play-off places.

Eastbourne Borough had a crucial win at Dartford | Picture: Lydia RedmanEastbourne Borough had a crucial win at Dartford | Picture: Lydia Redman
Eastbourne Borough had a crucial win at Dartford | Picture: Lydia Redman

Lancing had Lukas Franzen-Jones to thank for a late equaliser that secured a 1-1 draw at Horndean – after Dan Howick and George Taggart, plus one Horndean player, had been sent off after a first-half flare-up.

Tressor Difika, Ibrahim Jalloh and Callum Donaghey scored the goals as Three Bridges won 3-2 at Burgess Hill, who replied through Tahjae Anderson and Jake Goodman. That win keeps Three Bridges in the play-off places.

Jamie Chesworth got Broadbridge Heath’s goal in a 1-0 win at Merstham, while Glenn Wilson netted for East Grinstead in a 1-1 draw at home to Erith and Belvedere.

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