MILE OAK Football Club returned to winning ways in County League Division 2 on Saturday with victory over Saltdean.
Oak’s faint promotion hopes were dealt a blow in their previous match when they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Little Common.
However, they bounced back at home to Saltdean to remain eight points behind third-placed AFC Uckfield, who are in the final promotion spot, with a game in hand.
Oak boss Anthony Whittington believes his side should have won more convincingly and said: “We had a number of chances and probably should have won by a bigger margin.
“We went 2-0 ahead and really began to dominate the game.
“However, they pulled a goal back and, from then on, we faced an onslaught of them attacking.
“It’s always the case in games that when a team gets back to within a goal their confidence rises and that was the case here.
“When Richard Hudson bagged his second 12 minutes from time, it was a lot more comfortable for us but before then it was a little nervy.”
The first half was a fairly one-sided affair, with Oak creating a number of opportunities.
Andy McDowell, Hudson and Jamie Watts all went close but failed to break the deadlock as it was all square at half-time.
Oak did take the lead two minutes into the second period when McDowell struck.
Hudson then doubled his side’s lead six minutes later and Oak looked to be heading for a comfortable success.
The visitors did manage to pull a goal back, though, as Stuart Brown struck to halve the deficit with 28 minutes left.
Hudson then bagged his second when he netted 12 minutes from time to ensure all three points for Oak.
MILE OAK: Stenning; McDonald, Turley-George, French, Marsh; Watts, Pulling, Garrod, Skinner; McDowell, Hudson. Subs: Wedge-Bull (Garrod), Koroma (Skinner).