Fine fight-back as Rebels overcome Merstham

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WORTHING Football Club put in a superb display to turn around a two-goal deficit and beat Merstham 4-2 this afternoon (Saturday, March 16).

Goals from Steve Metcalf, Tom Lawley, Billy Medlock and Jamie Brotherton turned things around after Rebels somehow found themselves 2-0 down after 28 minutes, completely against the run of play.

Sublime finishes from Metcalf and Lawley put Rebels ahead and sealed it in the second half, both goals worthy of winning any game.

Metcalf curled home superbly from the edge of the area two minutes from time, while Lawley hit a 70th-minute goal with a cracking finish from just inside the area after Medlock had equalised from the penalty spot 10 minutes into the second half.

Rebels trailed 2-1 at half-time as the visitors netted twice in three first-half minutes completely against the run of play.

Right-back Rob Carter nodded home the first on 25 minutes from a corner with Rebels stopper JJ Banasco-Zaragoza helping it into the top corner by getting a hand to it.

Three minutes later and unbelievably it was two. A lovely cut back across the face of goal from Jack MacLeod saw the arriving Fabio Saraiua finish well.

Worthing, who dominated the opening exchanges, pulled one back on 36 minutes as Brotherton played a give and go with Lawley on the edge of the box, Medlock helped it back onto Brotherton and he fired across goal into the bottom corner from 12 yards.

WORTHING: Banasco-Zaragoza; Metcalf, Hubert, Hurley; O’Flaherty; Sullivan, Kennett, Slaughter, Lawley; Brotherton, Medlock. Subs: Daniel (Sullivan 70), Bryant, Pamment (Medlock 83), Pinilla, James.

Full report and reaction in this week’s paper.