Oak quick out of the blocks in away win

Danny Curd scored twice at Midhurst
Danny Curd scored twice at Midhurst

MILE OAK Football Club boss Anthony Whittington is looking to finish the year on a high, after an excellent 4-0 win at Midhurst on Saturday.

Oak struck four times inside the opening 29 minutes of the County League Division 2 match and Whittington admitted that the only disappointing thing was his side did not score more.

Mile Oak climbed to sixth with the win – six points off the top three places – and Whittington said: “I feel we should have six points more than what we have as the draws with Storrington, AFC Uckfield and Westfield were all games we should have won.

“We’re six points off where we should be, really, as I can’t argue with any of our other results.

“If we win our games in hand and beat the sides above us, we could push up in to the top two or three.

“We’ve got three games to come in December – against Steyning, AFC Uckfield and Haywards Heath – and if we win all them, then I’ll be happy with where we’re at.”

Oak made a flying start at Midhurst as a mix-up in the home side’s defence allowed Andy McDowell to open the scoring on nine minutes.

Danny Curd made it 2-0 just three minutes later when he hassled a Midhurst defender, won the ball, ran through on goal and slotted past the keeper.

Curd then got through one-on-one to net his 12th goal of the season on 23 minutes, before McDowell struck his 13th goal of the campaign just six minutes later.

Oak could have had more before half-time as McDowell hit the bar and both McDowell and Curd had one-on-one chances saved.

Curd went close on four occasions to completing his hat-trick in the second half, before substitute Harry Brown saw a 20-yard effort come back off the bar.

Whittington said: “It was a good all-round performance and the only disappointing thing was that we didn’t score more.

“We scored early on and then dominated the game.”

Oak do not have a game on Saturday. Their next match is at home to Steyning Town on December 13.

MILE OAK: Stenning; Marsh, Turley-George, Paine, McDonald; Skinner, Howard, French, Watts; Curd, McDowell. Subs: Lansdale (Skinner 70), Brown (Howard 75), Harris (McDowell 80).