ZAQ Hussain set-up two and scored another as Worcester Raiders battled past a stubborn Longlevens side in Gloucester on Wednesday evening.

In the rain and wind, Hussain set-up Bailey Fuller for the opener before keeper Ryan Young's howler handed the hosts and equaliser late in the second-half.

With winger Isaac Cooper in goal, Raiders scored twice in the closing stages to win the game.

Hussain's low cross was headed into his own net by Levens' Jack Beardsell before the striker curled a wonderful strike into the top corner from 25 yards to wrap things up and hand Raiders all three points.

New signing Hussain made his first start since returning to the club and looked sharp in a front three with Rich Smith and Isaac Cooper. And Hussain had the best opportunities to open the scoring for the visitors, seeing his sliding effort blocked wide and sending a close-range header wide of the post.

It was a bit of quality that saw Raiders take the lead as midfielder Cresswell pinched the ball high up the pitch and laid the ball to Hussain, who poked a ball in behind the Levens’ defence for Fuller to run on to and slot past Matt Wieczorck.

Levens did end the half well, forcing Raiders back deep in their own half but they were unable to create an opportunity to really test Ryan Young in Raiders’ goal.

The hosts started the second-half in the ascendency and Brad Martin wasted a golden opportunity to equalise, hitting a first-time effort straight at Young from close-range.

Jordan Stoddart then had a rare chance mid-way through the second-half at the other end, nodding wide from Cooper's free-kick before Rich Smith then went close after charging into the Levens box.

But Raiders could not find that crucial second goal and they were punished in the 75th minute when a howler from Raiders' keeper Young handed the hosts an equaliser. 

A tame shot from 20 yards out trickled towards Young in the wet conditions, before slipping through his hands and crossing the line.

In the process of conceding, it got worse for the visitors as Young was helped off the pitch and without a replacement keeper, winger Cooper had to take the gloves for the remainder of the game.

And within a couple of minutes, the stand-in keeper was picking the ball out of his next after Martin had diverted a brilliant cross into the far corner, only for the offside flag to come to Raiders' rescue.

Raiders then went up the other end and took the lead a couple of minutes later as Hussain's low cross was diverted into his own net by right-back Jack Beardsell.

The visitors made sure of the points in the closing stages when Hussain topped off a brilliant solo performance with a delightful finish into the top corner from 20 yards.