MILE OAK Football Club eased to a comfortable win away to bottom-of-the-table Seaford on Saturday, as the match was the only one in County League Division 2 to beat the weather.
Oak remain fifth in the table – after a fifth successive clean sheet – and manager Anthony Whittington said: “The pitch was a real leveller and I did wonder on a couple of occasions if it was going to be called off.
“It was good to get it played in the end, though, and we got an early goal which settled everyone down, after Seaford had started well for the first ten minutes.
“We could have scored more but made a few wrong decisions in the penalty area, although we’re happy to have scored four.”
Looking ahead to the rest of the season, Whittington said: “It looks like we’re battling for third place with Bexhill and AFC Uckfield, as it’s looking unlikely that we’ll catch Worthing United or Wick & Barnham, unless they falter.
“We’ve made things hard for ourselves this season but we just need to get on another five or six game unbeaten run, which we can do with the players we have here.”
Seaford made a bright start on Saturday, before Oak went close when Chris Pulling was put through by Lloyd Skinner but his shot drifted just wide.
It was not long until Oak went ahead as Jude Macdonald crossed for Andy McDowell to head home on 12 minutes.
Danny Curd then fired just wide, before Oak doubled their lead a minute before half-time. Macdonald was again the provider as his cross found Skinner, who took a touch and finished well.
Mile Oak went 3-0 ahead just a minute after the break when Curd pulled the ball back for Eric Wedge-Bull to score from the edge of the penalty area.
The hosts had Ben Barnett sent off for two bookable offences midway through the second half but Oak were unable to add to their total until two minutes from time.
Substitute Medi Koroma played a through ball for fellow sub Adam Dine, on his comeback from three months out injured, and he fired home.
MILE OAK: Stenning; Macdonald, Paine, Turley-George, Marsh; Skinner, French, Pulling, Watts; Curd, McDowell. Subs: Wedge-Bull (Paine 15), Koroma (McDowell 65), Dine (Pulling 68).