Rebels draw at home to Folkestone

Rebels midfielder Brannon O'Neill
Rebels midfielder Brannon O'Neill
  • Folkestone take the lead inside a minute
  • Rebels level through Jack Cook’s first goal for the club
  • Worthing are now nine points adrift of the play-offs

WORTHING Football Club drew 1-1 at home to Folkestone Invicta in the Ryman League South Division this afternoon.

The visitors took the lead inside a minute but Rebels earned a point in front of a crowd of 446 on Fans’ Day at Woodside Road through Jack Cook’s first goal for the club on 53 minutes.

Worthing remain eighth but are now nine points behind fifth-placed Whyteleafe, who won 1-0 at home to Carshalton.

Rebels fell behind after just 50 seconds and that was the way things stayed until half-time.

The visitors went ahead when Worthing failed to clear Ronnie Dolan’s free kick and centre-half Frankie Chappell hooked the ball home from close range.

Folkestone’s Ashley Miller fired wide of the far post from 25 yards on seven minutes, before Rebels began to threaten an equaliser around the half-hour mark.

Harvey Sparks was clattered into by Folkestone keeper Tim Roberts on 28 minutes, with the visitors stopper booked and Brannon O’Neill curled the resulting free kick over from 22 yards.

Matt Hurley then glanced a O’Neill free kick just wide on 32 minutes, before Folkestone’s Ian Draycott’s dipping half-volley on 34 minutes flew just over.

Worthing made a bright start to the second half and Hurley headed a O’Neill corner wide at the back post on 47 minutes, before Curtis Gayler’s well-hit strike from 20 yards two minutes later was pushed behind for a corner by Roberts.

O’Neill then raced on to Joe Gromett’s flick on 51 minutes but, off balance, failed to get his shot on target.

Rebels’ pressure paid off on 53 minutes when Cook headed home Curtis Gayler’s corner at the back post for his first goal for the club,

The hosts went close to taking the lead just four minutes later when Gayler delivered an inswinging free kick and Will Berry glanced a header wide from eight yards.

Folkestone almost regained the lead on the hour when Draycott met a right-wing cross but was unable to direct his header on target from six yards.

The visitors went even closer two minutes later when Chappell met a corner with a superb diving header, which was cleared off the line byWIll Hendon.

Folkestone’s Dolan then had a low strike from the edge of the area comfortably saved by Jack Fagan on 67 minutes. Dolan had another opportunity on 71 minutes when Matt Hurley was unable to clear a long ball forward but his side-footed effort from 12 yards was saved by the feet of Fagan.

The visitors should have gone ahead with five minutes to go. After Draycott’s low shot from an angle was kept out by Fagan, the ball was played back into the penalty area and, as Rebels failed to clear, Ashley Miller blazed over with the goal gaping from six yards.

Folkestone had another excellent opportunity with two minutes left when Draycott beat the offside trap but failed to beat Fagan from 12 yards.

Rebels then went close with a minute to go as Hurley headed Gayler’s corner over from six yards as the match finished 1-1.