Eight is great for ‘superb’ Worthing

Tom Lawley was on target for Rebels on Saturday
Tom Lawley was on target for Rebels on Saturday

Joint manager Lee Brace hailed his Worthing Football Club players as superb after Rebels won for the eighth successive away game on Saturday.

The 2-1 victory at high-flying Sittingbourne was also Rebels’ seventh consecutive away league win and lifted them up to seventh place in the Ryman League Division 1 South table.

Rebels’ remarkable away run stretches back to October and Brace said: “It was another superb performance from the boys. The nice thing also is that we’ve won the last two games without Jamie Brotherton, who has a quad injury, and they’ve been two good wins.”

The victory also hinged on an outstanding piece of goalkeeping from Josh James. Rebels’ keeper gave away the penalty from which Sittingbourne went ahead but then made a fantastic triple save moments before Worthing equalised.

Brace said: “Josh’s triple save was phenomenal and I’m so glad it was caught on camera.

“He’s a super keeper and really does have a bright future in the game. He’s still only 19 and we’re very lucky to have him.”

The home side took the lead on 27 minutes when Ryan Golding converted a penalty after a foul by James, who was booked.

Shortly afterwards, James made three fantastic saves in the space of 10 seconds before Worthing equalised on 41 minutes when Tom Lawley cut in from the left and fired home.

Rebels then went ahead on the stroke of half-time when Steve Metcalf found Nick Sullivan, who shot home into the corner of the goal.

Worthing had chances to extend their lead in the second half. The closest they went was when Luke Gedling’s 25-yarder crashed against the bar and Metcalf was adjudged offside when he headed in the rebound.

Rebels’ home league match with Ramsgate on Tuesday was postponed owing to a frozen pitch. Striker Brotherton would have missed the game but Brace hopes to have him back in the squad for Saturday’s home game with Crawley Down Gatwick.

WORTHING: James; Metcalf, Hurley, Bryant, Hubert; Lawley, Kennett, Gedling, Kirkwood, O’Flaherty; Sullivan. Subs: Romain, Daniel, Stillwell, Mancktelow, Banasco-Zaragoza.