WORTHING Football Club climbed to fourth in the Ryman League South Division table tonight with an incredible 7-3 win at home to Crawley Down Gatwick.
Man-of-the-match Kieron Pamment bagged a hat-trick for Rebels, while Chris O’Flaherty netted twice and Mark Knee and Dan Turner were also on the scoresheet.
There was little sign of the drama to come in the opening 25 minutes, even though there were half-chances at either end as Crawley played with a blustery wind behind them.
It was Rebels who took the lead on 26 minutes when Kieron Pamment was tripped in the penalty area and Knee fired the spot-kick into the top corner.
The visitors levelled on 36 minutes when Lee Carey unleashed a 30-yarder that dipped and swerved in the wind and flew into the roof of the goal past Worthing keeper Jack Fagan.
Crawley Down went ahead just three minutes later when Rebels failed to clear the ball, despite having several opportunities, and Trevor McCreadie shot low into the bottom corner from 12 yards.
Worthing levelled in first half injury-time when Pamment was played through, skinned the last defender and fired home from the edge of the penalty area.
The second half began in extraordinary fashion as five goals were scored inside the opening eight minutes.
Rebels went ahead 37 seconds after the break when Pamment raced on to a ball down the left, cut inside and unleashed a powerful shot that beat Crawley Down keeper Pawel Szelemej.
The celebrations had barely died down when Dan Turner curled a 25-yarder over Szelemej and into the far top corner to make it 4-2.
Pamment completed his hat-trick to score Rebels’ fifth on 51 minutes when he netted from close range following a goalmouth scramble.
Crawley Down cut the deficit to two goals just 60 seconds later when McCreadie’s shot was blocked and fell to Ashley Elson, who tapped home from six yards.
Within a minute, Rebels had gone 6-3 up when O’Flaherty curled home a delightful free kick from 22 yards.
O’Flaherty then completed the scoring on 66 minutes when he cut inside from the left and scored at the second attempt after Szelemej saved his first effort.
Shaheen Sadough, who has dual-signed with Rebels from County League leaders East Preston, came on to make his latest debut for the club in the closing stages.
WORTHING: Fagan; Robinson, Berry, O’Neill, Knee; Pulling, Hayward, Gedling, Turner; O’Flaherty; Pamment. Subs: Sadough (O’Flaherty 77), Peake (Pamment 85), Lehkyj.