WORTHING FC eased to their fourth successive win on Tuesday evening with a 3-1 victory over Chatham at Woodside Road.
It was Rebels’ third Ryman League Division 1 South success on the bounce and lifted them to ninth in the table but still seven points behind Burgess Hill, who occupy the last play-off spot.
Worthing were in charge of proceedings throughout and had a few half-chances before they went ahead on 38 minutes. After Charlie Farmer’s shot was blocked, Tom Manton fired home low into the bottom corner from 18 yards, despite Chatham keeper James Tedder getting a hand on the ball.
Rebels doubled their lead with the last kick of the half. John Lansdale’s free kick was headed across goal by Steve Metcalf and George Gaskin slotted home from six yards and the half-time whistle blew with Worthing still celebrating.
Gaskin blazed wide when clean through before Chatham clawed a goal back from the penalty spot on 66 minutes through Gary Ward, moments after Kane Rice hit a post and Rebels’ Mike Huckett cleared two Jason Dolby efforts off the line.
Any nerves Worthing had were eased four minutes later when substitute Lloyd Skinner, who had been on the pitch just 50 seconds, tapped home from six yards after a Chatham defender mis-cued his clearance from a Worthing free kick.
Rebels boss Chris White said: “We were sluggish for the first 15 to 20 minutes but then upped the tempo, pressed them and didn’t give them any time on the ball.
“We pressed in twos and threes, which was how we got the first goal and the second right on half-time was great.”
Rebels host Fleet in the league on Saturday before entertaining Rye in the Sussex Senior Cup on Tuesday.
Terry Dodd is doubtful for Saturday after dislocating an elbow at Met Police but Luke Gedling could return after missing the Chatham game with a foot injury. Keeper Tony Di Bernardo could also return after a trial at Burton Albion this week but Rebels have not seen or heard from defender Zac Beda since their Senior Cup win at Wick last month.
WORTHING: Godfrey; R.Timms, T.Timms, Metcalf, Farmer; Saunders, Lansdale, Huckett, Lawley; Manton; Gaskin. Subs: Skinner (Huckett 69), Pulling (T.Timms 88), Charles (Gaskin 90), Peake, D.Jenkins. Att: 147.