WORTHING Football Club’s woeful away record continued on Saturday as they suffered their fourth consecutive league defeat on the road.
It is in stark contrast to their impeccable home form of six straight wins and eight games without defeat.
Away from Woodside Road, it is a different story, however, with only one win in their last six league games.
They were able to count themselves unlucky on Saturday, though, as they dominated the first 45 minutes and Whitstable had to hang on for all three points with a 2-1 win.
Simon Lehkyj returned for Rebels in goal and new signing Harry Williams, who has joined on dual-registration from Woking, started at right-back.
Rebels’ Brannon O’Neill went close after just three minute but headed just wide of the post, while at the other end Whitstable’s John Guest nodded over the bar from a corner.
Worthing had the lion’s share of the possession and after 18 minutes George Hayward shot wide from 20 yards, before James Morrish and Craig Thompson spurned decent chances for the hosts.
Rebels’ Chris O’Flaherty shot over the bar and nine minutes later had a decent angled shot saved by Luke Watkins, while Kieron Pamment’s goal-bound header was blocked by team-mate Will Berry.
Three minutes before half-time, a long goal kick caught out the Worthing back-line, but Lehkyj blocked away an Ashley Baverstock effort.
Moments later, O’Neill’s miskick forced Lehkyj to palm over the bar and from the resultant corner, Joseph Kane nodded home at the back post with a free header to give Whitstable the lead.
Worthing found themselves two goals down on 55 minutes as a cross from the right found its way through to Morrish, who smashed home from close range.
Rebels were not going to lie down and on 64 minutes they pulled a goal back when an advantage was played after a foul on Hayward and O’Flaherty controlled the ball well and curled home from 15 yards for his sixth goal of the season.
Worthing pressed for an equaliser but were unable to break through a stout defence.
A short corner from O’Flaherty found Hayward but his first-time shot was blocked, while O’Flaherty fired a 25-yard free kick just over the bar.