Rebels’ play-off hopes over for another year

Lee Brace
Lee Brace

WORTHING Football Club’s Ryman League Division 1 South play-off hopes were ended on Tuesday evening when Ramsgate won 2-0 at Merstham.

Rebels had lost 2-0 at Ramsgate on Saturday, when the hosts had consolidated their fifth-place position and ended Worthing’s eight-game unbeaten run.

Worthing joint boss Lee Brace said: “To be honest, we were on the peripherals of the play-offs and had been for a few weeks because no-one around us was picking up any points.

“If we had picked up two wins and six points over the bank holiday weekend, we would have been right up there.

“We have three games left and we’re looking to wrap up the season and hoping to finish with a cup win (Brighton Charity Cup).

“Inconsistencies are really what have probably cost us, but the last six weeks we have shown strength in depth when required.

“I don’t like talking about budgets, but we have brought in players for the right reasons and they only want to be at the club for the right reasons. Hopefully, they will only get bigger and better next year.”

Rebels’ management had targeted March as an important month for their outside hopes of a play-off place but draws against Horsham and Burgess Hill left them with a mountain to climb.

Worthing entertain fifth-from-bottom Herne Bay on Saturday.