McCreadie at the double in Rebels’ win

Rebels keeper Jack Fagan
Rebels keeper Jack Fagan

WORTHING Football Club ended a four-game winless run with a 3-1 victory at home to Whitstable this afternoon.

Trevor McCreadie netted twice for Rebels in the Ryman League South Division match to move on to ten goals for the season, with Omar Bugiel also on target.

There were few chances in the first half, although Rebels did feel they had scored on 23 minutes. Brannon O’Neill’s free kick was flicked on by Bugiel to James Nicholls, whose header at the back post was kept out by a combination of Whitstable keeper Luke Watkins and the post, with Rebels claiming the ball had crossed the line.

McCreadie then had a penalty appeal waved away when he went down just seconds later.

Whitstable had their first effort on goal after 31 minutes but Kane Rowland’s low strike was straight at Rebels keeper Jack Fagan.

The visitors’ Scott Heard was put clean through on goal by Tom Loynes’ pass three minutes later but he tried to square the ball to Ian Pulman and Worthing’s defence got back to clear the danger.

Rebels went ahead on 59 minutes when Harvey Sparks delivered a superb cross from the left and McCreadie looped a header home, over Watkins.

Just two minutes later, Worthing made it 2-0 when Curtis Gayler played in McCreadie and he took the ball past the last defender before smashing it home from 15 yards.

Whitstable pulled a goal back on 75 minutes when Peter Wedgeworth’s left-footed drive proved too powerful for Fagan to keep out at his near post.

However, Rebels had restored their two goal lead within a minute. Bugiel played in McCreadie, whose toe-poke was saved by Watkins but the ball fell to Bugiel, who tapped home into the empty net from 12 yards.

Whitstable had the chance to set up a nervy finale when they were awarded a penalty with three minutes to go, as Matt Hurley was adjudged to have fouled Pulman. However, Pulman blazed the resulting spot-kick over the bar.