Rebels battle to a hard-earned point

Brannon O'Neill went close for Rebels on Saturday
Brannon O'Neill went close for Rebels on Saturday

WORTHING Football Club manager Adam Hinshelwood took encouraging signs from his side’s second successive scoreless draw on Saturday.

Rebels kept a third clean sheet from the six games that former Brighton & Hove Albion defender Hinshelwood has been in charge at Woodside Road and he felt that, on another day, his side would have picked up all three points at Faversham.

Worthing had lost 5-1 at Faversham in the FA Cup in August but Hinshelwood said: “Looking through my Worthing glasses, I’d say we probably shaded it but, all in all, a draw was quite a fair result.

“They had a couple of chances that Jack Fagam saved well but we had a couple of opportunities as well and there were encouraging signs for us to take.”

Rebels gave a debut in defence to Stacey Freeman, the son of ex-Rebel, Darren, owing to Faversham’s aerial threat.

Chances were few and far between in the first half but Fagan pushed one effort on to the bar in the second period and dealt well with everything else that Faversham threw at him.

Worthing’s Brannon O’Neill, slightly off balance, shot over from Max Howell’s cut-back cross, before Rebels almost grabbed the three points late on.

Lloyd Dawes got through one-on-one but his low effort was saved by the Faversham keeper, diving low to his left, and the rebound fell to a Faversham defender, rather than Kieron Pamment.

Hinshelwood said: “They looked dangerous from long throws and set-pieces, while we looked more threatening in open play but we just lacked a cutting edge in the final third.

“It’s good to keep a clean sheet away from home as they put us under quite a lot of aerial pressure. And it’s pleasing to get back-to-back clean sheets for the back four and for Jack, as it will do him the world of good.

“We almost won it late on and Lloyd did everything right. He shot low and hard but the keeper has made a great save. On another day, the rebound would fall to Kieron but it fell to one of their defenders instead.”

Hinshelwood was also pleased with Freeman’s debut and said: “Stacey came in because they have quite an aerial threat and it was a good chance to have a look at him. He didn’t disappoint and had a very solid game, won a lot of headers and looks like he will be another good addition.”

Rebels do not have a game on Saturday but host local rivals Horsham on Wednesday (7.45pm).

WORTHING: Fagan; Hendon, Heath, Freeman, Knee; Howell, Berry, Carey, O’Neill, Bugiel; Gaskin. Subs: Dawes (Howell 70), Peake (O’Neill 72), Pamment (Berry 85), Williams, Cody.