Seven-up for Rebels away to South Park

Ben Pope bagged a brace in Rebels 7-0 victory at South Park
Ben Pope bagged a brace in Rebels 7-0 victory at South Park
  • Rebels close the gap on Whyteleafe to six points
  • Worthing had six different scorers in the game
  • Rebels travel to Sittingbourne on Saturday as they look to continue their play-off push

WORTHING Football Club first-team coach Jon Meeney felt Tuesday’s victory at South Park was the perfect performance.

Rebels netted seven times thanks to a brace from Ben Pope and strikes from Omar Bugiel, Tom Lawley, Bradley Isaacs, Will Hendon and Brannon O’Neill.

The victory leaves Worthing six points adrift of Whyteleafe, who occupy the final play-off spot in the Ryman League South Division.

Meeney was left purring at Rebels’ showing and said: “That was by far the best performance of the season from us.

“To go away from home, score seven times and not concede is very pleasing.

“We did not make the best of starts to the game but we changed things around tactically and, from then on, we dominated.

“The most pleasing part from my point of view was the fact that we were so clinical in front of goal.

“In recent games, we have been guilty of missing some chances but we were so clinical in this one.

“It was one of those games where everything seemed to go right. I would say for around 75 minutes it was the complete performance.

“We are putting no pressure on the players to reach the play-offs. As clichéd as it sounds, we will take each game as it comes and see where that takes us.”

Rebels took the lead on six minutes when Pope bagged his first of the game.

It was 2-0 ten minutes before the interval when Bugiel finished from close range.

Substitute Lawley, who went on after 30 minutes, then netted his first goal since returning to the club ten minutes after being introduced.

An emphatic first half display was then rounded off when Pope scored for a second time a minute before the break.

Isaacs added a fifth on 54 minutes, before Hendon struck 11 minutes later.

Rebels’ comprehensive success was then rounded off a minute into stoppage time through O’Neill.

Worthing travel to Sittingbourne on Saturday.

WORTHING: Fagan; Hendon, Hurley, Heath, Cook, Sparks; Isaacs, O’Neill, Bugiel; Pope, Gromett. Subs: Lawley (Gromett), Quirke (Pope), Rance (Heath), Smith.