Worthing Football Club defender Steve Metcalf netted an injury-time equaliser to rescue a point in a 1-1 draw at home to Folkestone Invicta this afternoon (Saturday, March 2).
Folkestone looked to be heading for a win in the Ryman League Division 1 South clash after they led for majority of the second half through a 37th-minute Darren Smith spot kick.
But Rebels grabbed a share of the spoils as Metcalf rose highest to head home a corner in the 93rd-minute in virtually the last action of the match.
In the first half, Metcalf, to his dismay, was adjudged to have caught/tugged back an opponent in the box after Charlie Cooke missed the ball and a Folkestone man bore down on goal, although Rebels felt he’d gone to ground far to easily.
Paul Kennett, on his 400th appearance for the club, first came closest to levelling in the second half as Rebels struck the woodwork twice in a matter of seconds after the break.
The introduction of Jamie Brotherton and Tom Lawley gave the home side some spark and Kennett’s header cannoned off the bar and Brotherton’s follow up off the inside of the post and into the grateful arms of Jack Delo.
But in a late twist it was man-of-the-match Metcalf who grabbed Rebels a share of the spoils.
Rebels boss Lee Brace believed his side deserved their point despite admitting their first-half display was poor.
He said: “They’ll be gutted to concede in the 93rd minute, but I think we deserved it.
“It’s a good point against a good side as they’re up there in the play-off area so we’ll take that even though it’s at home. I think we gave them a good game.”
WORTHING: James, Metcalf, Hurley, Cooke, Hubert; O’Flaherty, Kennett, Kirkwood, Sullivan; Medlock, Daniel. Subs: Brotherton, Lawley (Daniel, Sullivan 63), Pamment (Cooke 77), Bryant, Slaughter.