Rebels draw at home to Tooting

Omar Bugiel
Omar Bugiel

WORTHING Football Club ended a run of three successive defeats with a 2-2 draw at home to Tooting & Mitcham in Ryman League South Division this afternoon.

Sol Pinnock twice gave Tooting the lead but Rebels levelled through Alex Parsons and then Will Hendon.

There were few chances early on but Rebels had a great chance to take the lead on 21 minutes , however, Parsons lost his footing when he was seven yards out and about to tap the ball home from Omar Bugiel’s through ball.

The visitors took the lead just five minutes later when Pinnock controlled the ball from a left-wing cross, knocked it past Brannon O’Neill and toe-poked the ball home past Rebels keeper Chris Cook from eight yards.

It took Worthing only three minutes to level as Jacob Peake threaded a pass through for Parsons, who coolly slotted the ball home under Tooting keeper Paul Smith.

Tooting went back in front on 35 minutes after a misunderstanding at the back between O’Neill and Cook. Left-back O’Neill went to head a cross from the left back to Cook but Rebels’ keeper was advancing off his line and the ball rolled past him, with Pinnock able to smash home from two yards before the ball crossed the line.

Cook made a smart stop to keep out Harry Knock’s driven shot on 51 minutes, which was the first opportunity of the second period.

Rebels drew level on 54 minutes through right-back Will Hendon. He played a pass into Bugiel, who was tackled as he looked to turn but the ball fell to Hendon, who took a touch and slotted home left-footed from 14 yards.

Bugiel had a shot pushed behind by Smith a minute later, before O’Neill curled a 20-yard free kick against the inside of a post on 61 minutes as Rebels enjoyed a spell of pressure.

O’Neill was again denied by the woodwork on 79 minutes when his header at the back post from Lee Carey’s free kick came back off the bar.

Despite seven minutes of injury-time, neither team was able to find a winner as the points were shared.