WORTHING Football Club had to settle for a share of the spoils this afternoon (Saturday, April 13) as they drew a feisty clash at home against Herne Bay in Ryman League Division 1 South.
Rebels drew 2-2 with all four goals coming in the first half in terrible conditions at Woodside Road.
It was an afternoon to forget for referee Mark Lucie as things threatened to boil over on numerous occasions in the first half after he missed a string of incidents, while letting others go lightly punished.
Herne Bay opened the scoring within six minutes as Byron Walker netted after playing a neat give-and-go on the edge of the box with James Turner, and he finished well past Josh James into the far bottom corner.
Rebels levelled as Jamie Brotherton teed-up Tom Lawley just inside the left side of the box and he drove across Luke Prentice into the net.
After Medlock was taken out in the box on 33 minutes, Kirkwood brilliantly dispatched the resulting spot kick in the bottom right, after sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.
The visitors levelled on the stroke of half-time as Steve Metcalf and Josh James both missed Walker’s low cross and James Turner bundled the ball home from close range.
Things were a lot more subdued in the second half. A cracking tackle by Nat Hubert denied Walker at one end, while the first real effort came on 69 minutes as Kirkwood floated one just wide of the post.
Metcalf went closest to netting a winner with five minutes remaining as Chris O’Flaherty’s cross found him arriving at the far post and he drilled off the bar from an outrageous angle.
WORTHING: James, Metcalf, Hurley, Hubert, O’Flaherty; Sullivan, Pinilla, Kirkwood, Lawley; Brotherton, Medlock. Subs: Daniel, Gedling (Sullivan, Pinilla 63), Bryant, Adams, Banasco-Zaragoza.