Ten-man Rebels draw with Bridges

Rebels' Corey Heath
Rebels' Corey Heath

WORTHING Football Club picked up their first point of the season in the Ryman League South Division with a 2-2 draw at home to Three Bridges this afternoon.

Rebels trailed 1-0 at the break to a goal from former player Matt Whitehead.

The hosts levelled through a Trevor McCreadie penalty on 49 minutes, before Brannon O’Neill fired Worthing ahead on 55 minutes. Another former Rebel, Matt Daniel, drew Bridges level on 66 minutes, before Worthing were reduced to ten men when Alex Laing received a second booking just a minute later.

Rebels had a couple of half chances early on, before they were forced into an early substitution as central defender Connor Cody limped off and was replaced by Corey Heath on ten minutes.

Worthing’s Lloyd Dawes turned and shot straight at Bridges keeper Jordan Morey on 12 minutes, before the visitors went ahead a minute later as Whitehead raced on to a through ball and coolly slotted past Jack Fagan from 15 yards.

Whitehead almost got a second in fortuitious fashion on 26 minutes when his cross had to be pushed over the bar by the back-peddling Fagan.

Rebels should have been level just a minute later as a long through ball put Trevor McCreadie clean through but he lobbed the ball well over.

Bridges could have doubled their lead five minutes before the break but Tony Garrod headed Ben Godfrey’s cross wide, when he had just Fagan to beat from ten yards out.

Another former Worthing player, Daniel, shot straight at Fagan just 50 seconds into the second half, before the hosts levelled on 49 minutes.

Omar Bugiel was tripped in the penalty area by keeper Morey and McCreadie stroked the spot-kick low into the bottom left-hand corner.

Worthing went ahead on 55 minutes when Will Hendon’s low cross found O’Neill, who fired home a crisp left-footed shot into the bottom corner, giving Morey no chance.

Bridges levelled on 66 minutes when Daniel slotted home from six yards, following a cross from the right, after his first shot was blocked.

Within a minute Worthing were down to ten men as Laing was shown a second yellow card for kicking the ball away.

That led to a period of Bridges pressure as Fagan twice produced excellent saves to deny Godfrey, before Godfrey headed a Mark Pulling cross against the underside of the bar on 71 minutes and Marlon Maxwell headed the rebound against the bar from a couple of yards.

The visitors went close again on 79 minutes when Garrod ran at the home defence and then fired a shot just the wrong side of the far post from the edge of the penalty area.

Rebels then had an opportunity to go back ahead a minute later when McCreadie won the ball off Maxwell and raced clear from the halfway line but fired his shot too high from 20 yards.

Bugiel was just unable to get on the end of a Ben Pope cross with three minutes to go, before Bridges had two late penalty appeals waved away, as the match finished 2-2.