Rebels’ promotion-chasing form bodes well

Chris O'Flaherty and Lee Brace
Chris O'Flaherty and Lee Brace

WORTHING Football Club joint manager Lee Brace believes showing promotion-chasing form in the second half of the season bodes well for next year.

Rebels’ hopes of finishing as the top Sussex club in Ryman League Division 1 South were extinguished on Tuesday night with Burgess Hill’s 2-0 win over Tooting & Mitcham.

That was a target for the Woodside Road side, after the play-offs had slipped beyond them, but Brace is still focusing on an overall positive season – which still could end with some silverware.

He said: “At the end of the day it’s one of those things. When you look at the season, in general, we have done well.

“We had poor home form and have managed to turn that around and finished the season strongly, although a few too many draws have cost us in the second half of the season.

“It will be two losses in 13 games if we win our last game on Saturday. Arguably, that is promotion-chasing form rather than going the other direction and that’s very positive.

“We have not had a settled back four all season and that is something we will be looking to address in pre-season, starting from the back and moving forward.”

Former Rebels boss Danny Bloor brings his Eastbourne Town side to Woodside Road on Saturday, before Worthing host Horsham in the Brighton Charity Cup final against Horsham seven days later.