There were Easter celebrations over the weekend for Corinthian-Casuals as a second successive draw saw the Tolworth side climb to sixteenth in the Bostik League Premier Division.

Following the 2-2 draw at Potters Bar Town on Saturday, Casuals hosted playoff hopefuls Worthing on the Bank Holiday Monday.

Warren Mfula’s 64th minute header gave the home side the lead but were pegged back late on when Joe Clarke slotted home for a nervy ending.

However, the result leaves Casuals comfortably clear of the drop zone and two points above their tenants Kingstonian with just one remaining fixture this season.

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“The score-line is a fair reflection on the game,” said Manager James Bracken following the match.

“Before we started, we’ve got ten players missing – and no less than seven missing since September. You only have to look at the players that stood next to the dugout this afternoon; 90% of them would get in my starting XI.

“We had ten out and a day’s less rest than Worthing, which is a massive difference having an extra 24 hours. We’ve had less than 48 hours rest and Saturday at Potters Bar was tough. It was an unforgiving pitch in unforgiving weather.

“To get out there today and put in the amount of effort that we did was superb.

“They missed a penalty, which was nice for a change – we had a bit of luck go our way. It gave us a boost and took a bit out of their sails and we looked the more likely to score for a while.

“A draw was fair, I’m happy with a draw but was disappointing to let in a late equaliser.

Casuals travel to the south coast on Saturday to face relegation threatened Whitehawk, who must win to have any chance of survival. Whilst Casuals have little to play for, Bracken won’t be easing up.

“We’re going to Whitehawk to win. We were as motivated today to win as we have been for any game all season. I believe if you’re someone who can turn off a winning mentality, you don’t have one. I’m not travelling to Whitehawk to go back home a loser, sit and think about that game all summer. We’re going down there to win, end on a high and look forward with a positive frame of mind. We give up too much time and effort, and we’re too professional to tolerate anything less than our best. If that’s good enough to win, then great. We’ll be going with the right intentions.”

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