Gordon brace ends Rebels’ losing run

Action from Worthing's 4-1 defeat at Burgess Hill on Boxing Day
Action from Worthing's 4-1 defeat at Burgess Hill on Boxing Day

A GAVIN Gordon brace on his home debut ended Worthing Football Club’s five-game losing run in the Ryman South Division this afternoon.

Striker Gordon, who re-signed for Rebels from Three Bridges just before Christmas, netted a goal in each half to end Worthing’s torrid run.

It was also a victory for new manager Adam Hinshelwood in his first home game in charge after being appointed Rebels’ new manager on Christmas Day.

Rebels, who made one change from Boxing Day’s defeat away at Burgess Hill as Dan Turner came in for Lloyd Dawes, started well and had a couple of decent early opportunities.

The first came as Mark Knee played a good ball down the line for Gavin Gordon, who flicked it back to Kieron Pamment, but the striker dragged wide after driving into the box.

Rebels had a decent penalty shout turned down on six minutes as Chris O’Flaherty beat his man on the left and pulled back for Pamment whose drilled shot smashed a defender’s arm from close range, but the referee deemed the Chipstead player couldn’t possibly have moved his arms in time.

A heavy downpour then ensured an already sodden and sticky surface would not be improving, both sides, however, battled to play some good football.

The visitors had a great chance to go ahead on 16 minutes as Ben Hammond sprung the offside trap and rounded Jack Fagan, who shouldn’t have raced out. The striker’s cross from out wide found Dan Moody at the fire post, but Luke Gedling put in a goal-saving tackle with the net gaping.

Two minutes later and Hammond’s clever pass put through Moody one on one and he rounded Fagan only to see Knee somehow race back and clear his effort off the line.

At the other end, O’Flaherty was causing constant problems down the left, although the Chipstead back four were seemingly dealing with the dangerous crosses.

Considering that, their choice to try and play the offside trap during a Pamment free-kick which led to Rebels’ opening goal in the 25th minute, seemed even more bizarre.

The visiting players tried to race up, they all didn’t, and Gordon was left to poke past Rhys Marshall for a goal on his latest home debut since re-singing.

In the strong protests that followed a couple of Chips players were booked and a member of their management team/coaching staff was also sent from the dugout.

Moody had another glorious opportunity to find the net before half-time as he was put through one on one thanks to a quickly-taken free-kick but a heavy touch allowed Fagan to race out to collect.

There was little to get excited about in the opening stages of the second half, Chipstead’s half-time substitute Carlton Prince-Murray headed well wide from a corner, while, at the other end, Gordon miss-connected with a cross when well placed.

Gordon doubled Rebels’ lead in the 57th minute as he latched onto a fine through ball and knocked it past the advancing goalkeeper to tap home from a tight angle.

Substitute Lloyd Dawes had been on the pitch for just a minute as his 70th-minute effort was well saved.

Three minutes later and Brannon O’Neill played a neat one-two with Pamment before firing wide and the latter did the same soon after from an identical position.

The hosts did put some pressure on Rebels’ goal at times in the closing stages, but a number of decent stops and catches from Fagan ensured they failed to even bag a consolation goal.

WORTHING: Fagan; Gedling, Berry, Hubert, Knee; Turner, Akehurst, O’Neill, O’Flaherty; Pamment, Gordon. Subs: Dawes (O’Flaherty 69), Williams, Clack (Gordon, Pamment 85), Dennis, Bant.

CHIPSTEAD: Marshall, Charles, Stockings, Gallagher, Betancourt, Williams, Hammond, Buckle, Joseph, Moody (c), Webbe. Subs: Murray-Price (Charles 45), Kedze (Stockings 57), Gladdy (Buckle 76), Willis. Attd: 213.