Rebels suffer disappointing loss

WORTHING Football Club suffered their first home league defeat of the season on Saturday (February 25) when they went down 2-1 to lowly Whitstable.

Rebels were disappointing throughout the Ryman League Division 1 South clash and Whitstable grabbed a last-minute winner when Stuart Vahid pounced to score from six yards after Worthing failed to clear their lines.

Whitstable had taken a sixth-minute lead through Dale Skelton when he volleyed home a right-wing cross.

Steve Metcalf went closest to an equaliser in the first half but his close-range header hit a post.

Whitstable had opportunities to increase their lead before Rebels had the chance to equalise on the hour but Ryan McBride’s penalty was saved by Dave King after handball in the area.

Worthing were awarded a second spot-kick 11 minutes later and captain Paul Kennett powered the ball home to draw his side level.

Rebels’ Steve Davies had an effort saved with six minutes to go, before Whitstable snatched the win in the last minute.

Worthing boss Chris White said: “We were rubbish and got what we deserved.

“It was a very disappointing performance.”

For full match report and reaction, see the March 1 edition of the Worthing Herald.