Rebels win at home to Sittingbourne

WORTHING Football Club made it back-to-back home league wins with a hard-fought 2-1 victory at home to Sittingbourne on Saturday (February 2).

The victory took Rebels up a place to ninth in the Ryman League Division 1 South table as they gave debuts to three players, keeper Jack Simpson, defender Charlie Cooke and midfielder Spencer Slaughter - the latter two are both now in their second spells at the club.

All of the goals came in a three-minute spell in the first half. Rebels went ahead on 26 minutes when Tom Lawley was clumsily brought down in the penalty area by Ollie Gray and Billy Medlock, making his home debut, blasted home the spot-kick for his fourth goal in two games for Worthing.

Within 60 seconds, it was 2-0 as Chris O’Flaherty delivered an inch-perfect cross from the left for Scott Kirkwood to slide the ball home at the far post.

Worthing’s two-goal lead lasted just two minutes as Joe Taylor’s low 20-yarder halved the deficit.

Chances were then few and far between until Sittingbourne keeper did well to keep out Medlock’s fierce 25-yard free kick on 73 minutes.

Sittingbourne thought they had levelled with 12 minutes to go when sub Tom Loynes tapped home at the far post and began to celebrate with the visiting fans but the celebrations were cut short by the offside flag.

Simpson then pushed over Ryan Golding’s fizzing effort, before Worthing twice almost increased their lead as Sittingbourne keeper Adam Molloy kept out Kieron Pamment’s 20-yarder and Jamie Brotherton was denied by an acrobatic clearance off the line by Anthony Hogg.

Sittingbourne sent keeper Molloy up field for a late long throw but Rebels held on for all three points.