WORTHING FC won 1-0 at home to high-flying Dulwich Hamlet in Ryman League Division 1 South on Saturday (November 12).
Rebels got the on only goal of the game on 25 minutes through Ryan McBride, while keeper Alan Mansfield, on his return to the side after injury, made some outstanding stops.
Mansfield was called into action inside the opening minute when he kept out Frankie Sawyer’s close-range volley.
Dulwich put Rebels under pressure early on but Worthing held firm and went ahead on 25 minutes. Tom Lawley was denied by Dulwich keeper James Tedder and then fired the rebound across goal. Luke Gedling kept the ball in play and crossed to the back post where Lawley met the ball but his header was acrobatically stopped by Tedder and Ryan McBride nodded home his 12th goal of the season from a couple of yards.
Mansfield made a fine low save to keep out Charles Ofusuhene at the start of the second half, before he denied the same player with an outstanding low stop midway through the half.
Matt Piper then put in a brilliant block to thwart Sawyer on 74 minutes as Rebels held on for all three points.
Worthing boss Chris White said: “We’ve put down a marker for the rest of the league with this win.
“People are saying we’re having a wobble or we’re having a crisis because we’ve drawn two home league games and gone out of cup competitions but we’ve had the club’s best start in a league season for 84 years, and got the furthest for however many seasons in the FA Cup and FA Trophy.
“We’ve got a great set of lads here, the team spirit is good and we just haven’t had the rub of the green. We gave away a poor goal against Eastbourne Town and two poor goals against Whyteleafe.
“We set a standard today with our work-rate, commitment and will to win and we’ve got to show that every game now.”
White added: “We played a very good side today with experience and quality and we played very well. Alan showed why he’s the best keeper in the league, Kenno was awesome as was Matt Hurley and everyone else - it’s hard to pick out individual players after a performance like that.”