Worthing move back into top five

Worthing boss Adam Hinshelwood
Worthing boss Adam Hinshelwood

WORTHING Football Club boss Adam Hinshelwood says his side are relishing the battle to earn a Ryman League South Division play-off place.

Rebels moved back into the top five with victory at Chipstead on Tuesday evening.

Rebels had slipped to sixth on Saturday, when they were without a game and Whyteleafe won 1-0 away to Redhill. However, with Whyteleafe not playing on Tuesday, Worthing moved back up to fifth, two points ahead of Whyteleafe, who have a game in hand.

Hinshelwood said: “We’ve got 12 games to go and we’ll need to win half of them, or maybe a bit more.

“It’s a nice position for us to be in and we’re all relishing the challenge ahead.

“In this division, any team can beat anyone. South Park, who we travel to on Saturday could still put a run of wins together, as could any team in that group.

“We’ve just got to hope it’s us who gets on that run.”

Ben Pope gave Rebels the lead on 37 minutes at Chipstead after Omar Bugiel squared the ball.

Lloyd Dawes made it 2-0 three minutes into the second half with his 11th goal of the season, after he beat three players before firing home.

A penalty from Curtis Gayler moved Worthing 3-0 ahead on 59 minutes, before Chipstead got a goal back six minutes later.

Harvey Sparks put Rebels 4-1 ahead on 78 minutes, with a sweet strike from the edge of the penalty area, before Chipstead got a second goal back through Will Turl five minutes from time.