Rebels return to winning ways

Worthing Football Club returned to winning ways on Tuesday (January 8) with a 2-1 win at home to Ramsgate.

The victory ended Rebels’ six-game winless run and four-game losing streak in Ryman League Division 1 South.

Rebels had the chance to take the lead after just four minutes when they were awarded a penalty. Tom Lawley was brought down by Ramsgate keeper Daren Hawkes but Scott Kirkwood’s spot-kick to the keeper’s right was saved and the stopper also kept out Lawley’s rebound.

It did not take long for Rebels to go ahead, though, as Lawley fired home from close-range on 14 minutes after Nick Sullivan’s cross was only half-cleared.

Nat Hubert almost doubled the lead three minutes later but headed Chris O’Flaherty’s corner wide when well placed.

Ramsgate rarely threatened Rebels’ goal in the first half, apart from when Ashley Miller let fly with a 20-yarder on 37 minutes but Worthing keeper Josh James comfortably kept out his effort, diving low to his left.

Rebels looked the more likely to add to the scoring as the first half came to a close, as Charlie Romain was denied by Hawkes and Hubert then glanced a header wide.

The second half got off to an explosive start as Ramsgate were level within a minute when Ashley Miller brilliantly volleyed home Curtis Robinson’s left-wing cross.

But, within a minute, Worthing were back ahead when O’Flaherty lashed the ball into the roof of the net after Nick Sullivan’s shot had been blocked.

Rebels nearly increased their lead on 54 minutes when Sullivan played a lovely one-two with Romain but shot just inches wide of the far post.

Ramsgate missed a great chance to draw level on 74 minutes when Miller broke down the right and pulled the ball back to Ian Pulman, but he fired wide when unmarked from 10 yards.

Worthing went close again on 81 minutes when Jamie Brotherton’s powerful left-footer was parried and Ramsgate sub Steve O’Brien headed the ball off the line.

Ramsgate missed a golden chance to equalise in the final minute when O’Brien crossed for fellow sub Jon Eguileor, who was unmarked at the back post. He took a touch and then shot against the bar from six yards when it seemed easier to score as Worthing held on for all three points.