McBride fires Rebels through in FA Cup

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WORTHING Football Club saw off Beckenham Town at the second attempt on Tuesday night to win through to the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Rebels had returning striker Ryan McBride to thank as they had to come from a goal down to win 2-1 in Croydon to bag the £4,500 prize money and make the next round, where the have been rewarded with a home tie against Conference South side Staines Town.

Ironically, having missed a focal point upfront on Saturday, when they were held to a goalless draw at home by the Kent League side, it was McBride who, having come straight back into the starting line-up, after returning from holiday on Monday that fired Rebels through.

He volleyed home an unstoppable 80th-minute winner after an intelligent flick-on from Paul Kennett at the front post.

That came after Darren Budd had equalised just past the hour mark after a really well-worked passing move, to level after Beckenham had gone ahead in the first half.

Boss Chris White was delighted to be through and said: “I am really pleased, we all want a cup run in what is a great competition. We have managed to set ourselves up a great couple tie now in a couple of weeks.”

His side will now host Staines at Woodside Road on Saturday, October 15.