White delighted with Rebels’ start

WORTHING FC have made a fantastic start to the Ryman League Division 1 South season after they followed up Saturday’s win at Faversham with a 4-0 victory at home to Godalming on Tuesday evening.

Rebels were excellent throughout on Tuesday and Worthing boss Chris White hailed the performance and said: “It was a very pleasing win and the performance was great. We played some excellent stuff and looked very solid.

“We’ve got a solid platform in defence now and some of the one-touch football we played was the best I’ve seen at this level.

“We knew that the start of this season would be important for us and we’ve got off to a great start. I’m sure other teams will see this result and take notice.”

Tom Lawley slotted home his second goal in as many games in the 11th minute from Ryan McBride’s pass, before Worthing doubled their lead on 25 minutes.

Tom Manton skilfully beat three players down the left and then pulled the ball back for Jamie Brotherton, who coolly side-footed home from 15 yards for his 50th goal for Rebels and first since rejoining the club.

Worthing keeper Alan Mansfield made a stunning save on 37 minutes when a Godalming free kick hit McBride and was destined for the bottom corner until Mansfield flung himself across goal to tip the ball to safety.

Rebels could have gone into half-time three ahead but McBride had a penalty in first-half injury-time saved after a foul on Brotherton.

Godalming started the second half lively and Jon Palmer should have halved his side’s deficit on 61 minutes when he fired wide from three yards.

Worthing made him pay for the miss when they went 3-0 ahead with eight minutes left. McBride cleverly chipped the ball over the Godalming defence to Steve Metcalf, who took a touch and fired home.

Rebels’ substitutes then combined for the fourth in injury-time. Hard work and determination from George Murphy led to the ball falling for Mark Pulling, who side-footed home from 15 yards.

White added: “Tom Lawley’s got two goals in two games now and my challenge to him is to score more this season.

“Jamie is such a good footballer and it was a very good finish. He was just so calm and he’s a clever player as well with the way he won the penalty. And Alan made an unbelievable save. Last season, that would have been a goal.”

Rebels host Walton Casuals on Saturday before they travel to Burgess Hill on Monday.

Striker Steve Davies could be back after a groin injury and Spencer Slaughter could figure after suffering concussion on Saturday, which meant he was not risked against Godalming.

Jamie Groves and Tony Timms could also come back into contention.

WORTHING: Mansfield; Piper, Hurley, Woodburn, Metcalf; Brotherton, Budd, Manton, Lansdale, Lawley; McBride. Subs: Gedling (Manton 69), Murphy (McBride 85), Pulling (Lansdale 87), Slaughter, Franks. Att: 162.