Leaders Maidstone hit back to deny Rebels victory

Worthing joint manager Lee Brace

Worthing joint manager Lee Brace

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Worthing Football Club were denied the perfect Christmas present by two late goals away to league leaders Maidstone on Saturday.

Rebels were pegged back by goals in the 69th and 86th minutes after leading 2-0 through Jamie Brotherton and Matt Daniel goals in front of a bumper crowd of 1,765.

The home side went into the game, the only one in the Ryman League to beat the weather owing to their brand-new 3G pitch, having not lost in the league since August when they were beaten 2-0 at Woodside Road, and, for much of the afternoon, it looked as though Rebels were going to extend their eight-game winning run on the road.

But it was not to be and the visitors had to make do with a point which joint manager Lee Brace admitted was hard to take. He said: “I was disappointed afterwards and so were the boys as, really, a couple of silly mistakes cost us two points.

“But it was good to go down to the league leaders and play the way we did, but every team has a purple patch in a game and it’s how you deal with that patch.”

Full match report and much more reaction in Thursday’s paper.