Ten-man Rebels crash to home defeat

Lloyd Dawes
Lloyd Dawes

WORTHING Football Club crashed to a 4-1 defeat at home to South Park in Ryman League South Division this evening.

Worthing trailed 3-1 at half-time, before they had striker Trevor McCreadie red-carded in the early stages of the second half.

South Park added a fourth just before the hour as they ran out comfortable winners.

Rebels fell behind after just five minutes when a mis-understanding in the home defence allowed Chris Smith to fire the ball low past Worthing keeper Jack Fagan from the edge of the penalty area.

It took Worthing just four minutes to level as Will Hendon’s long throw was flicked on to McCreadie, who turned past his man and poked the ball home from three yards.

The visitors went back ahead on 21 minutes when Joe Jackson glanced a header home from a Jack Stafford long throw.

South Park could have increased their lead just two minutes later when Chris Smith fed Matthew Ward, who blazed over from 15 yards.

The visitors did go 3-1 up on 28 minutes as Rebels failed to deal with another long throw and Michael Smith flicked the ball home with the outside of his right foot from close range.

Rebels almost got a goal back immediately but McCreadie was denied by former Worthing keeper James Wastell when he got through.

South Park should have had a fourth on 38 minutes as David Smith broke clean through but side-footed the ball wide from the edge of the area.

Wastell produced a smart low stop to deny Will Berry’s low drive on 40 minutes as the visitors took a two-goal lead into half-time.

South Park’s Jackson diverted a Ward cross over the bar when he got to the ball before Worthing keeper Fagan on 50 minutes, before Rebels were reduced to ten men a minute later.

McCreadie was battling away with a visiting defender and went down under a challenge in the penalty area. Rebels’ striker was booked for diving - which appeared a harsh decision by referee Anthony Foster - and he was then immediately shown a second yellow card and was sent off.

South Park netted a fourth on 57 minutes when Chris Smith broke clean through and, after his first shot was saved by Fagan, he tapped the rebound into the empty net.

Rebels had an opening to get a goal back on 74 minutes when substitute Lloyd Dawes got in but could only fire over from an angle eight yards out.

Worthing had another chance just two minutes later when Dawes broke clear down the right but his cross was just behind Alex Laing, who was unable to convert from six yards.

Dawes then almost netted in injury-time after a superb mazy run but was denied by Wastell.