Rebels bounce back with Faversham victory

Worthing's Jamie Crellin
Worthing's Jamie Crellin

WORTHING Football Club continued their decent run of league form last night with a 4-2 victory over Faversham at Woodside Road.

Rebels put Saturday’s FA Trophy disappointment behind them and netted three second-half goals to seal their fourth win from five league matches to jump up to ninth in the Ryman South Division.

Football eventually prevailed as Faversham played a physical, long ball game and Rebels had to twice come from behind to seal the points.

Will Berry equalised for the hosts as early as the 11th minute and Mark Knee again pulled them level on the hour mark after Faversham had retaken the lead early in the second half.

From then, Worthing pushed on and Chris O’Flaherty headed them ahead in the 74th minute, before Jamie Crellin curled home a fantastic finish two minutes later.

Rebels Joint boss Kieran Collins said: “It was much better but, as I have said, we are so inconsistent. On our day, we know what we can do and, to be honest, we showed that last night.

“We played ugly when we had to and played football when we could - we opened them up and got it down and played.

“We got the second and went of to win comfortably, it was not a smash and grab job and only one team played football. We’re absolutely delighted.

“It’s just such a shame that at AFC Sudbury we did not turn up and we didn’t put that performance in up there.

“We have got to learn to get points on the days and games when we are not playing well. We need to work out how to start picking up points in those games.”

Faversham took the lead, despite Rebels protests for a foul on keeper Jack Fagan, after just nine minute as Luke Harvey converted a long ball over the top.

Berry turned and and fired home a leveller soon afterwards from O’Flaherty’s second attempt at a cross after good work by the player on the wing.

After the break, Rebels again conceded another sloppy goal as Jordan Cass put his side ahead again, but Knee was quickly on hand to level with a decent turn and low shot into the net.

Mark Pulling - who received special praise from Collins, along with full-backs Malachi Robinson and Brannon O’Neill and forward Knee - delivered a cracking cross for O’Flaherty to nod Rebels ahead for the first time on 74 minutes and Crellin made the game safe two minutes later with a beautiful effort into the top corner.

WORTHING: Fagan; Robinson, Berry, Olafunmishe, O’Neill; Pulling, Kennett, Lansdale, O’Flaherty; Crellin; Knee. Subs: Daniel, Hayward (Pulling, O’Flaherty 84), Pamment, Gedling, Lehkyj.