Rebels secure FA Cup success

Rebels boss Adam Hinshelwood
Rebels boss Adam Hinshelwood

WORTHING Football Club made it three wins out of three in all competitions as they secured a 2-0 victory over Guernsey in the FA Cup preliminary round at Woodside Road this afternoon.

A Trevor McCreadie brace was enough to ensure Rebels followed up Ryman League South victories over East Grinstead and Carshalton Athletic, as they booked their place in the FA Cup first qualifying round.

It was Worthing who had the first real chance of the game on eight minutes when McCreadie crossed for Omar Bugiel but he failed to find the target with his header from six yards out.

Guernsey should have gone in front on 26 minutes with three attempts following a corner, though, Ross Allen and Ryan-Zico Black both saw efforts saved by Jack Fagan, while Kieran Mahon’s shot struck the crossbar, as it remained scoreless.

McCreadie made the visitors pay for missing that opportunity as he put Rebels ahead two minutes later when he smashed the ball home from three yards out following a Gayler cross.

The visitors nearly drew themselves level on 32 minutes, but Allen saw his left-foot volley strike the bar and fall safe.

Dave Rihoy should have equalised ten minutes before the break for Guernsey when the ball fell to him after Matt Hurley’s pass struck James Nicholls and dropped into his path, though, his effort was saved by Fagan.

Allen should have got the visitors back on terms four minutes after the restart when he rounded Fagan, but his goal bound shot was blocked by Matt Hurley.

Gayler should have made it two for his side on 55 minutes, though, he somehow managed to blaze over from just three yards after McCreadie picked him out with a cross.

Guernsey continued to search for a leveller and should have got one when Rihoy crossed for Dominic Heaume but he headed over the bar, as Worthing remained a goal in front.

Rebels once again had Fagan to thank after he pulled off a fine stop tip over a Allen’s fierce left-foot strike from the edge of the area with 20 minutes left.

The visitors goalkeeper Chris Tardif nearly had a moment to forget on 75 minutes, as he let a McCreadie strike slip through his legs, but he just managed to stop the ball crossing the line.

McCreadie did bag his second of the game just a minute later, though, with a side foot finish from close range as Worthing secured the their place in the next round.

WORTHING: Fagan; Hendon, Heath, Nicholls, Hurley, Piper; Berry, Hayward, Gayler; Bugiel, McCreadie. Subs: Pope (Bugiel), Sparks (Piper), Dawes (Gayler), Killner, Peake.