Rebels reach last eight of Senior Cup

Harvey Sparks
Harvey Sparks

WORTHING Football Club progressed into the quarter-finals of the Sussex Senior Cup last night with a 2-0 win at Newhaven.

The game took place at the fourth time of asking, after it had been postponed three times at Woodside Road.

Rebels took the lead after just ten minutes against County League Division 1 side Newhaven, who are managed by ex-Rebels joint managers Lee Brace and Kieran Collins.

Omar Bugiel brought the ball down with his back to goal, turned, beat two players and then fired home across the Newhaven keeper for a goal of real quality.

Rebels keeper Jack Fagan made a smart stop from a free kick, before Worthing almost doubled their lead early in the second half when Lloyd Dawes shot over from close range.

Brannon O’Neill also twice went close, after late runs into the penalty area, before Worthing doubled their lead with 20 minutes to go. Subsitutute Charlie Dennis beat his man and crossed for fellow sub Harvey Sparks to tap home his first senior goal from inside the six-yard box.

Newhaven had a couple of late opportunities but Rebels held on to reach the last eight, where they will travel to fellow Ryman League South Division side Burgess Hill.

Rebels boss Adam Hinshelwood said: “We applied ourselves brilliantly and showed a real professional attitude.

“The early goal helped settle us down and it was a great goal, too. We know the quality that Omar has and it will only boost his confidence scoring a goal like that.

“The introduction of the three youth team players - Ben Pope, Charlie Dennis and Harvey Sparks - was also significant. They all had a real impact on the game and Charlie set up Harvey for our second goal.”

On Rebels’ trip to Burgess Hill in the quarter-finals, Hinshelwood said: “I’ve been very impressed with how Chappers (Ian Chapman) has done at Burgess Hill. He’s a done a great job and they gave us a bit of a pasting in my first game in charge.

“We’ll be keen to put that right and it’s a chance for one of us to progress further but it will be a very tough ask.”

Worthing entertain Ramsgate in the league on Saturday, when Lee Carey, Will Hendon and Connor Cody are all set to return.

Matt Piper could also feature after he played all 90 minutes at Newhaven, in his first appearance since August but Corey Heath is a doubt. George Gaskin is another doubt after he went off at half-time last night with an ankle injury.

WORTHING: Fagan; Piper, Freeman, Berry, Knee; Peake, Hayward, O’Neill; Bugiel, Gaskin, Dawes. Subs: Sparks (Gaskin 45), Dennis (Dawes 70), Pope (Hayward 75).