Worthing Football Club suffered a 1-0 defeat at a hugely controversial game at Crawley Down Gatwick this afternoon (Saturday).
Rebels trailed the Ryman League 1 South match at half time to a Fraser Logan wonder strike.
He was picked out in the middle after a cut back from the left by Gabriel Odunaike and he beautifully curled home into the top corner with Worthing goalkeeper Jack Simpson rooted to the spot.
Worthing dominated after the break and should have had a penalty and as a result Matt Geard should have been sent off for the home side.
Good build-up play put Tom Lawley through and he got just enough on the ball to guide it past Tony Di Bernardo in Crawley’s goal, although Geard raced back dived forwards and hooked the ball off the line and past the post with his arm.
Rebels’ players and fans behind the goal fumed as the referee consulted the lineman, but clearly they both completely missed it and a corner was given.
Di Bernardo pulled off a number of good stops in the rest of the match as Rebels dominated, although Jamie Cade squandered a good opportunity to seal it for the host as he screwed his penalty wide with 10 minutes left.
Worthing failed to find a leveller despite good pressure and were left pointless and furious with the officials.
Rebels boss Lee Brace was enraged at the final whistle and said: “It wasn’t handball, he virtually picked it up. That’s a penalty and they’re down to 10 men when we were already battering them.
“I’ve got a changing room full of players furious and what can you do?
“It’s a disgrace that they (the officials), couldn’t see that. Geardy came up to me at the final whistle and apologised saying sorry, but it’s the officials that have to see that and I am still in shock they haven’t.”
WORTHING: Simpson, Pamment, Hurley,Bryant, O’Flaherty; Sullivan, Kennett, Slaughter, Lawley, Kirkwood; Medlock. Subs: Brotherton (Sullivan 69), Daniel (Slaughter 69), Romain, Metcalf, James. Attd: 153.
Full report and much more from Brace in Thursday’s Worthing Herald.