Callum Kealy has been told he can build on a prolific goalscoring run after Worthing clinched a hugely impressive result.

The Australian centre-forward scored a hat-trick in the 5-1 success at Havant and Waterlooville in Vanarama National League south.

Mo Dabre, the midfielder on loan from Swindon, added two as Worthing ran away with it having led 1-0 at the break.

Having wasted some great chances at home to Chelmsford a week earlier, Rebels were ruthless this time.

Kealy, who was not a culprit in the previous match, has now scored seven times in his last five outings.

Worthing boss Adam Hinshelwood said: “ He has been at Sutton, at Dorking, but not really been given, I don’t think, a run of games at this level.

“He was in and out of the side but Jake (Robinson) got injured and we were looking for a goalscoring No.9.

“He has come in and taken his opportunity.

“Any striker in that position will thrive on being confident.

“Cal now has even from five so I’m sure he will go into the next few games with an abundance of confidence.”

Worthing’s win was also built on defensive steel Hinshelwood said: “They put us under a lot of pressure.

“A lot of aerial balls into the box, corners, but we stood up to it well and rode our luck a bit.

“They hit the post and bar.

“There were chances for both teams but on the day we were a bit more clinical “I thought we scored at good times and were really threatening on the counter attack when we broke the press “I keep saying to the boys they should have some belief and they are a good side “We just have to show a bit more know-how and nous in games to get three points “We wanted the boys to keep believing.”

Worthing are in the thick of a tough run of games, which sees leaders Ebbsfleet visit the Crucial Environment Stadium tomorrow. The win at Havant will go down as one of the best in Hinshelwood’s time at the club.

He said: “It will certainly be up there in terms of the stature of it. Havant are flying high.”

Eastbourne Borough came from behind to grab a 2-1 win at home to Chippenham.

Shiloh Remy converted an 86th-minute spot kick, his second goal of the game.

Borough boss Danny Bloor said: “I don’t think we were at our best but that is a good sign, when you are not at your best and you eke out three points.”

“Well done to the players, they dug in.

“It was a real grinding performance and perhaps one we wouldn’t have seen earlier in the season.”

Borough go to Tonbridge Angels tomorrow.