Rebels up to fourth with impressive win

WORTHING Football Club moved back into the Ryman League Division 1 South play-off places on Saturday (March 17) with an impressive 3-0 win over Faversham.

The victory took Rebels above Folkestone, who lost 5-0 at Walton & Hersham and Maidstone, who drew 2-2 at Whitehawk, into fourth place.

Worthing got off to the perfect start when Ryan McBride slid home the opener on four minutes after a flowing move involving Paul Kennett, Darren Budd and Jamie Brotherton.

Faversham could have levelled within a minute but Adrian Stone flicked the ball wide from eight yards.

Worthing doubled their lead on 28 minutes when McBride headed home a Tom Lawley cross and Lawley and Luke Gedling were both then denied by excellent saves from keeper Rob French.

Matt Hurley was thwarted by a fantastic French save on 50 minutes, before Rebels got their third a minute later when Paul Kennett’s low shot bobbled over French’s dive.

Substitute Shaun Charles went close to a fourth as Rebels recorded a comfortable win.

Youth teamer Bradley Lewis, aged 16, made an impressive debut at right-back for Rebels.

Worthing boss Chris White said: “All the lads were great from the moment they turned up today.

“Their preparation and focus was great and I’m proud of all of them.

“They’ve had a bit of stick from some people online recently, which I’m disappointed about, as the players have been brilliant all season and we just had a bit of a blip.”

For full report and more reaction from White, see the March 22 edition of the Worthing Herald.