Rebels extend unbeaten run with draw at Hornets

WORTHING Football Club stretched their unbeaten league run to seven matches as they drew away to Horsham on Easter Monday.

In a Sussex derby that never really got going, the visitors posed the greater attacking threat and they would perhaps have been frustrated to leave Gorings Mead with a solitary point against former boss Simon Colbran’s struggling Hornets outfit.

Action from Worthing v Horsham on Bank Holiday Monday

Action from Worthing v Horsham on Bank Holiday Monday

However, they were blighted with injuries from the outset as both Chris O’Flaherty and Spencer Slaughter withdrew just before the match began, which meant Sid Adams played as a makeshift left-back and Josh Bryant was again in the centre of the Rebels defence. It was to get worse midway through the first half, too, as captain Paul Kennett was forced off with a suspected broken toe.

After 14 minutes, Billy Medlock picked the ball up and hit a decent 20-yard strike that flew narrowly wide, before Jamie Brotherton’s low drive was tipped round the post by Horsham keeper Michael Hunter.

Rebels only began to exert their clear advantage in attacking ability in the second half, and the half was barely five minutes old when Scott Kirkwood’s attempt from distance produced a flying save from Hunter, following a good run from Tom Lawley.

Ex-Worthing midfielder Karl Akehurst then hit a speculative effort just wide of Josh James’ right-hand post, but from then on it looked as though the away side would break the deadlock.

Not long after the hour mark, a Brotherton corner was not cleared by the Horsham defence and following a goalmouth scramble, Steve Metcalf turned inside the box and hit a curling shot that went out of play, via the bar.

Late on, Ray Freeman delivered an excellent ball into the box and Matt Simpson’s header trickled goalwards but it evaded all of the Horsham attackers who could not quite prod the ball home.

The match then petered out towards a stalemate which all but ends any faint Rebels hopes of finishing in the play-off places.

Rebels joint manager Lee Brace said: “To be fair, I think we were the only side that played any football and if anyone was going to win it, it would have been us. It was a good performance, although we lacked a cutting edge.”