Superb Rebels beat Bognor

WORTHING Football Club beat local rivals Bognor Regis 1-0 on Easter Monday (April 9) in front of a bumper crowd of 701 at Woodside Road.

The win keeps Rebels in the last play-off place in Ryman League Division 1 South on goal difference ahead of both Maidstone and Godalming.

Ryan McBride got the only goal on 78 minutes, before he was harshly sent off for two bookings eight minutes from time.

In an entertaining, hard-fought encounter, clear chances were few and far between in the first half, although Rebels had two penalty appeals waved away and Bognor one.

Worthing keeper Alan Mansfield denied former Rebels Terry Dodd early in the second half, before Jamie Brotherton got through at the other end on 59 minutes but Rocks keeper Craig Stoner blocked his shot.

Mansfield brilliantly kept out Dodd’s well-struck volley on 68 minutes, before Rebels went ahead 10 minutes later. Jamie Brotherton won the ball off Stuart Axten and slipped the ball through for McBride, who crashed the ball home from 15 yards.

McBride was then red-carded eight minutes from time after being given a second yellow card for catching Axten slightly late.

Bognor pressed for an equaliser and put Rebels under pressure but Worthing held on to record a much-needed win after two successive defeats.

For full match report, reaction and pictures, see the April 12 edition of the Worthing Herald.