Debutants show promise as Rebels draw at Eastbourne

Worthing's Lloyd Dawes

Worthing's Lloyd Dawes

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WORTHING Football Club started the new year with a promising 2-2 draw at Eastbourne Town on Saturday as six debutants starred alongside the returning George Gaskin at the Saffrons.

Young defenders Will Hendon, Corey Heath and Connor Cody started the match, alongside captain Mark Knee in the back four, while Lee Carey, Brannon O’Neill, and Omar Bugiel formed a central midfield trio.

Gaskin – who previously played for Rebels during the Chris White era – made his return in a Worthing shirt, while Max Howell made his debut on the wing, but it was Lloyd Dawes in particular who shone.

The hosts took the lead on 15 minutes when ex-Rebel Billy Medlock followed up his own free kick, which was initially blocked by the Worthing wall, to fire beyond goalkeeper Jack Fagan.

But Rebels responded quickly to peg Town back, with O’Neill netting on the half-hour mark, before Dawes slotted his side into a 2-1 half-time lead.

It took Eastbourne captain Ross Sutton just five second half minutes to head in the equaliser, though, and despite looking the more likely to score a winner, Rebels were forced to settle for a point.

Full report and reaction in this week’s paper.