White furious with Rebels’ defeat at Godalming

WORTHING FC boss Chris White hit out at his side’s play-off ambitions and labelled their performance at Godalming on Saturday (December 31) as one from a “mid-table team at best”.

Rebels went down 1-0 in the Ryman League Division 1 South clash as Mike Huckett’s second penalty miss in as many games, in the first half, proved costly.

Godalming’s Scott Harris finished off a move he started in the 10th-minute, although the goal had a hint of offside in the move, to put the home side ahead, but Huckett’s attempt to level on 38 minutes from the penalty spot was thwarted by the crossbar.

Rebels also had two efforts cleared off the line as Matt Hurley and Huckett were denied in the same move, while Brett Cooper struck the bottom of Alan Mansfield’s post for the visitors in a pulsating first half.

Rebels lost their way after the break and their first real effort came in injury-time through Jamie Brotherton’s effort which flew over, while Mansfield had kept them in it with two smart stops at the other end.

After the game, White fumed: “On what I have seen today, we are a mid-table side at best. People around the ground here are saying we’ll still make the play-offs, no, not for me, not on a performance like that.

“To be successful, you need to come to places like this and win. It’s not a problem getting up for your Whitehawks or Bognors, but these are the bread and butter games, where you need results.

“Having said that, in the first half we played all right, but after the break we didn’t play two passes. I asked them if I stood there for 15 minutes at half-time and told them to stop playing, no, I don’t think I did.

“Kenno (Paul Kennett) and Woody (Glen Woodburn) will be okay for Monday (Burgess Hill) and they will play, definitely. They are leaders and we need that out there, when Tom Manton (calf injury) went off, we lost that.

“I wanted seven points from the Christmas peiod and now it’s three at best, and that is still an ask as we haven’t done well in Sussex derbies.”