TEN-MAN Worthing Football Club suffered a late 2-1 defeat at home to Ryman League South Division leaders Faversham this afternoon.
The injury-time loss was tough for Rebels, who played from the 56th minute with ten men after George Hayward was sent off for two bookings.
Even while a man down, Worthing created plenty of chances but Faversham grabbed all three points when Jack Harris pounced to score from close range after Rebels keeper Jack Fagan was unable to hold a right-wing cross.
The visitors’ Jamie Maxted headed against a post after just a minute, before Worthing took the lead in stunning fashion on ten minutes.
Harvey Sparks collected the ball midway inside the Faversham half, with team-mate Trevor McCreadie appealing for a foul, drove forward and brilliantly chipped the ball over Faversham keeper Simon Overland from 22 yards.
Faversham were level just six minutes later when Dean Grant powerfully met a left-wing cross to head home from ten yards.
McCreadie had a low shot saved by Overland on 18 minutes, before Faversham went close twice in as many minutes just past the half-hour mark.
Grant flicked the ball on and, after Rebels defender James Nicholls slipped, Wayne Wilson fired well over from 20 yards. Then, a left-wing cross found Jack Harris unmarked but he volleyed over from just six yards.
Rebels keeper Fagan ensured the teams would go in level at the break as he superbly kept out Wilson’s close-range shot on 41 minutes, before he stopped Harris’s low shot from the resulting corner. Then, from another flag-kick, Rebels cleared David Botterill’s header off the line.
Rebels made a bright start to the second half and went close three times in the opening four minutes. Terry Dodd was denied by Overland from close range from Curtis Gayler’s pinpoint cross, before Dodd was denied by the legs of Faversham’s keeper, who then kept out Gayler’s powerfully-hit drive.
Worthing were reduced to ten men on 56 minutes when Hayward was shown a second yellow card, perhaps a tad harshly for a foul on Maxted.
Rebels’ Omar Bugiel and Faversham’s David Botterill were both booked after a coming together a couple of minutes later, before Overland did well to save Brannon O’Neill’s 25-yard strike on the hour.
Worthing more than matched their visitors with a man disadvantage. McCreadie had a shot blocked by Aidan Sherlock, before Overland tipped over a 30-yard O’Neill free kick.
Fagan brilliantly tipped over a Maxted header in the first minute of injury-time, before Faversham grabbed the win shortly afterwards. A corner was only half-cleared and when the ball was put back into the box, Fagan spilled the ball and Harris tapped home.