Rebels bolster squad with eyes on the play-offs

Lloyd Dawes has re-signed for Rebels
Lloyd Dawes has re-signed for Rebels

WORTHING Football Club have bolstered their side with two new signings as joint manager Lee Brace aims to head into Christmas on a good run.

Rebels have brought in former fans’ favourite Karl Akehurst, while striker Lloyd Dawes has also returned on duel-registration forms from Whitehawk.

Brace has already challenged his players for a play-off finish this season and his side overcame Hythe Town 3-2 on Saturday, thanks to a injury-time Mark Knee penalty, to seal their seventh consecutive home victory.

The result kept Worthing in the last Ryman League South Division play-off place and saw the return of exciting front man Dawes.

Akehurst put pen to paper this week, following a short spell at Horsham after leaving Peacehaven, to seal a return to Woodside Road after leaving at the end of the 2009-10 season.

These moves come to strengthen the squad and maintain a play-off challenge after the release of Jamie Crellin and John Lansdale earlier this month and Brace is also hoping to add another face – an experienced winger – this week as well.

He said: “We are delighted to get Karly in. On his day, he is a tremendous midfielder and a real box-to-box player.

“Going into Christmas, we have game after game and it’s good that we have a squad with a bit of strength in depth.

“It’s nice to have Lloyd back, he’s been on Whitehawk’s bench and he has been pestering me to come back over here.

“We’re delighted to have him and he really feels at home here and wants to be here. We want to go into Christmas as strongly as we can and with as strong a side as we can.

“Kenno (Paul Kennett) will be back in training this week which will be another boost and we want to take this run into Christmas and we can see where we are then in the new year.”

Long-term absentee Matt Piper is also back in light training and is aiming for a return in around a month.

More Rebels news in this week’s paper.