WORTHING Football Club moved into the Ryman League South Division play-off places with a 2-0 win over East Grinstead this evening.
Rebels won with goals from TJ Richards and Brannon O’Neill, while the visitors were reduced to ten men six minutes before half-time when Steve Sargent was sent off.
With a blustery wind blowing across the pitch, it took until the tenth minute for the first incident of note.
Rebels’ Omar Bugiel went on a mazy run and went down in the penalty area but referee Dave Sheldrake waved play on.
A minute later, East Grinstead keeper Seb Bos saved O’Neill’s 22-yard free kick and then denied Ben Pope three times from the rebound.
Bugiel fired the wrong side of the post from the resulting corner, before Worthing took the lead on 14 minutes. After Rebels broke down the right, Bugiel slipped the ball through for Richards, who coolly slotted home from ten yards.
Curtis Gayler blasted a free kick over on 22 yards, before Rebels went close again on 34 minutes when Pope flashed an effort across goal.
The visitors had Sargent sent off for two bookings on 39 minutes and Rebels almost doubled their lead a minute later but Gayler’s powerful low shot from O’Neill’s corner was kept out by Bos.
Worthing did go 2-0 ahead two minutes into the second half when Ryan Quirke was tripped in the penalty area by John Sinclair and O’Neill fired home the spot-kick.
East Grinstead went close to pulling a goal back on 51 minutes when Ben Chick headed the ball on for Stephan Joseph, who blazed over from 15 yards.
Rebels then almost got a third on 53 minutes but Richards shot straight at Bos from close range after a shot was deflected into his path.
East Grinstead were denied by the woodwork on 71 minutes when Emiliano Hysi got in behind the Worthing defence but his lob over Jack Fagan came back off the bar.
The visitors went close again nine minutes from time when substitute Freddie Barker chipped the ball over Fagan but Will Berry got back to comfortably clear the danger.