Rebels held at home in FA Cup

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WORTHING Football Club were held to a 0-0 draw in the FA Cup second qualifying round to Kent League side Beckenham Town this afternoon (Saturday).

Rebels were far from their best, although edged the closing stages where Beckenham’s goalkeeper Nick Blue made two outstanding saves from Steve Metcalf and Jamie Brotherton.

His excellent stops saved the day for his side, who had already knocked Ryman League Met Police and Walton Casuals out the competition, and means Rebels will now travel to Kent on Tuesday night for a replay.

Worthing manager Chris White said: “We didn’t play well today at all. The positives are we have another clean sheet, are still in the hat on Monday and have an opportunity to go up their and put it right Tuesday.

“They did well and credit to them for today, but that is probably the best they can play and I know we can play a lot better.

“We had no focal point up top and I felt sorry for the lads at the back, as at times as they had no options when on the ball.

“But in the last 20 we pushed on and had two great chances to win it. The lads swear blind Jamie’s one had crossed the line and as soon as Steve hit his I thought it was in - I don’t know how he saved it.”

Metcalf’s half volley as the ball fell to him at the back of the area after a corner was somehow pushed over the bar by Blue, before moments later he came from nowhere to push out Brotherton’s close-range header, despite massive Worthing appeals it had crossed the line.

They were the only real clear-cut chances of the game and came in the final five minutes, although both teams had been reduced to 10 men within 10 minutes of the second half.

An off the ball incident saw Tony Timms and Alfie Nunn clash and both saw straight red cards. White admitted he had no complaints as Timms raised his hands during the flare up.

Worthing’s home league match schduled for Tuesday night with Croydon will now obviously be postponed.